Probably hundred of thousands of Singaporeans with relatives in Malaysia....and hundred of thousands of SIngaporeans who married Malaysians....etc etc.
Hmmm....What am I getting at? .....Defense. Hear me out and you will begin to understand the wisdom of our leaders.
You see Singapore is dependent on foreign labor in particular Malaysia, should these workers feel insecure, they would just leave and ruin our marvelous economy. What is Singapore without its economy? ...
See the wisdom now? We need to maintain a strong defense in case rogue nations such as Iran & Syria decide to take us up and cause our Malaysian FTs to flee home.....this would really ruin us. That is why we should maintain a high level of defense spending and have every male citizen serve a lengthy NS to secure our nation.
We can see that our friendly neighbor, Malaysia also subscribe to the same logic. Whenever we spend heavily on defense, they would reciprocate the kindness. They have been shopping actively, and their purchases look very interesting multi-rocket launchers, reactive armour polish tanks,...etc. I feel so lucky that we have such great partners in Asean who not only supply us with critical foreign labour but supplement our defense by spending so much on military hardware to keep the region safe against rogue nations such as Iran, Syria and N. Korea.
Our leader's logic of spending heavily on defense & of having NS cannot be possibly be wrong. See....our friendly neighbor is also starting to have NS too for the greater good of this region. If Singapore goes the other way and cut down our defense spending, it will be disastrous! Knowing the Malaysia govt, they will cut down even more and use the money for fuel subsidy and the building of national car factories. Such a vicious cycle CANNOT be allowed!! We MUST therefore maintain our defense spending.
I'm glad we have such wise leaders who realise the importance of National Service and the defense of Singapore.