Sunday, September 11, 2005

Singaporean defers army service to play computer games

20-year-old Stanley Aw was allowed to postpone national service by nearly two months so he could compete in the World Cyber Games.

"In line with the Government's support for sports, culture and the arts, the Ministry of Defense will consider granting one-time deferments for pre-enlistees who are selected to represent Singapore at prestigious international sports and cultural events," the Straits Times quoted a spokesman as saying.

Unimaginable - but a clear sign that the government is "softening up."

[Source: Reuters, 06/09/2005]