Disgruntled National Servicemen leave one-star reviews for SGSecure App

Disgruntled National Servicemen leave one-star reviews for SGSecure App
PHOTO: The Straits Times
W.T.M. Why This Matters
With rising threats of terrorism attacks around the world, Singapore has encouraged its residents here to be more vigilant of their surroundings and to report anything suspicious to authorities. SGSecure is an initiative by the Ministry of Home Affairs and a mobile app was launched to facilitate this.

SINGAPORE - We all need to play our part to prevent a possible terrorist attack from happening in our country. 

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also taken the lead by initiating a number of awareness campaigns to remind residents here to remain vigilant and stay alert.

An extension of the SGSecure initiative is a mobile app that makes it convenient for people to make reports or emergency calls should an attack occurs. It was launched in Sep 2016.

You can easily make reports of possible terrorist attack with this app.Photo: SGSecure

However, a quick look at its review page on the iOS Appstore reveals hordes of angry one-star reviews by people who claim that they are National Servicemen.

They stated that they had been forced by their enciks (Warrant Officer) or CO (Commanding Officer) to download the app or "risked getting punished".

This guy Sevenhavenz said "nobody wants this":

Some even wants to give 0 star.Photo: Screenshot

 

While these guys just want to go home:

Last time my Encik checked my boots and fingernails. Photo: Screenshot
My PC (Platoon Commander) used to say weekend want to go home must pass IPPT.Photo: Screenshot
Forced to clean bunk last time, if not sign extra.
Photo: Screenshot

 

This person is showing his patriotic spirit:

Ah, finally some patriotic spirit.Photo: Screenshot

Of course, you cannot trust everything you read on the internet. Furthermore, there is no way to assess the authenticity of their reviews. So we'll just take all these reviews as light-hearted commentary on a Friday afternoon.

At least this guy has a good sense of humour. But the application is not made by SAF.Photo: Screenshot.

For me, I came here for the comments.

akosasi@sph.com.sg

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