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Old 18-07-2018, 08:40 PM   #1
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Ben Davis’ father: It’s ‘unfortunate’ that MINDEF thinks my son would not return to serve NS

SINGAPORE: Harvey Davis, the father of Singaporean footballer Ben Davis, said in a statement on Wednesday (Jun 18) that it is "unfortunate" that the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has an impression that his son would not return to Singapore to serve his National Service (NS).

This follows a statement from MINDEF, also on Wednesday, which said that the teenager had "no intention" of fulfilling his NS duties. It also said the teenager's actions were meant to "further his own professional career, not national interest".

"There are a lot of variables all dependent on his development and progression, and anyone who understands how professional football and sports works will understand this," Mr Davis said in a media statement.

"In my discussions with SportSG and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), I was clear that Ben should do his NS but the question is just when," he added.

"This point was reiterated in an email response which was sent to MCCY on May 15. In that email, I had said very clearly that while renunciation was an option, it is not Ben’s intention at all as he would like to represent Singapore."

Mr Davis also said that he made it clear that he agreed "100 per cent" that his son should do his National Service: "My older boy has already completed his NS and both Ben and his younger brother Jai will also complete their NS. The only question is timing for Ben as we would like to give him the best opportunity to play at the highest possible professional level in the UK and Europe.

"If Ben does not get a renewed contract or new contract by May 2020 then he should return to serve his NS."

Mr Davis said that he has not met with anyone from MINDEF and was not aware of what was presented by MCCY to MINDEF with regard to his son's request for deferment.

The 17-year-old midfielder has signed a two-year contract with Fulham, the newly promoted Premier League (EPL) club. He is the first Singaporean to ink a professional contract with a top-tier English club.

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Old 18-07-2018, 08:44 PM   #2
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Mary: when are you coming back?
Ben: I don't know when or if I coming back, future is unpredictable, BUT pls wait for me endlessly

What cock Ben father talking
Whether he can or cannot make it, 100%, also will not come back

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Old 18-07-2018, 08:48 PM   #4
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The father sibei talk cock. Please just renounce the SG citizenship.
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Old 18-07-2018, 08:51 PM   #5
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the father is asking mindef for a blank cheque...
why he didn't mention abt renounce citizenship this time? i tot he wanna use that to threaten the govt?
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Old 18-07-2018, 08:51 PM   #6
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Crazy amdk.

If by this date, he gets X, he serves. If he gets Y, he doesnt serve.

Farrrk off lah, amdk. Just because you are amdk, you can dictate terms?

Please deport him immediately on the charge of undermining national security.
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Old 18-07-2018, 08:52 PM   #7
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Bcum PR can?
Since PR ish as goot as citizens but
Without liabilities.
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Old 18-07-2018, 08:53 PM   #8
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"If Ben does not get a renewed contract or new contract by May 2020 then he should return to serve his NS."

Hello Mr Davies.

It's not up to you when Ben comes back to serve, ok?
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Old 18-07-2018, 08:53 PM   #10
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who will want to do NS? no chance to lift world cup in lifetime
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Old 18-07-2018, 08:53 PM   #11
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Once again , Ben’s father comment has reaffirmed the decision by mindef is indisputable.
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Old 18-07-2018, 08:54 PM   #12
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who will want to do NS? no chance to lift world cup in lifetime
He could serve NS *AND* win the World Cup, you know.

Anything's possible.
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Ben wants to play football, Singapore is not the place for football.
Ben wants to enjoy the Singapore environment...

he cannot have the best of both world...
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amdk means amdk

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You see that Amos also nothing happen to him.

The father should just fly off his son the moment signed contract, no need make a big hoohaa.

Now become hot case, like Najib wanna fly off to Indonesia after losing election, end up kena barred from leaving.
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