8,800 PRs served NS over the last five years

SINGAPORE - A total of 8,800 males who had become permanent residents (PRs) under the sponsorship of their parents were enlisted and served their National Service (NS) over the last five years.

About 6,100 have taken up citizenship.

During the same period, about 4,200 males who had become PRs through their parents' sponsorship renounced their PR status prior to serving their NS.

These figures were provided by Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, in response to a question posed by Nee Soon GRC MP, Dr Lim Wee Kiak, in Parliament today.

In a written reply, Dr Ng said that the failure to serve NS will be taken into account when these former PRs apply to study or work in Singapore, and they had been warned about the consequences at the point of renunciation.

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