Was the failure of our education system the reason why Brian Joseph Chow had to leave Singapore to complete his studies overseas, and now has to serve 6-weeks prison time for defaulting on National Service (NS)?
11 years ago, Chow – who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder – left Singapore to pursue an education at a school which catered to his disability.
He was able to defer National Service (NS) when he was called to enlist three years later to complete a foundation programme. But was unsuccessful when he applied to defer once more to complete his degree at the University of Western Australia.
Chow dutifully returned to Singapore after graduating in 2013 to complete his NS. Two years later, Chow was charged in court and was initially sentenced to a $4,500 fine for evading NS.
Prosecutors appealed against this sentence and secured a 1.5 month jail term for Chow on Thursday. Presiding judge, Justice Chan Seng Oon, stated that the jail term would have been doubled had it not been for Chow’s “outstanding” Service record.
The judge however rejected the defence’s request to defer sentencing, saying that enough time had been given.
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