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Local netizens split on Benjamin Davis’ NS deferment affair
By Danisha Hakeem Published on by Danisha Hakeem 0

In a statement on 15 July, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced that young midfielder Benjamin Davis’ application for NS deferment due to his signing with newly-promoted English Premier League club, Fulham FC, was not approved, as he “does not meet the criteria for long-term Read More

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Athletes back Ben Davis for deferment 
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

Two of Singapore’s most prominent swimmers – Joscelin Yeo and Joseph Schooling – have thrown their weight behind Singaporean footballer Ben Davis. In a Facebook and Instagram post, Joscelin Yeo asked Ben to “keep setting high goals” for himself and to “go after Read More

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Davis’ signing with Fulham “meant to further his own professional career, not national interest”, has “no intention” to fulfill NS duties: MINDEF
By Danisha Hakeem Published on by Danisha Hakeem 0

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has issued a second statement regarding Fulham footballer Benjamin Davis’ application for the deferment of his National Service (NS) duties. In an official reply to media queries dated 18 July, MINDEF declared that granting the exemption to him Read More

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Ben will return to do NS, “unfortunate” that MINDEF thinks otherwise: Harvey Davis
By Danisha Hakeem Published on by Danisha Hakeem 0

The father of Singaporean footballer Benjamin Davis, who has signed a two-year contract with English Premier League club Fulham, stated that his son will be carrying out his National Service (NS) duties, contrary to the Ministry of Defence (Mindef)’s assumption regarding the issue. Read More

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Benjamin Davis’ case “merits serious consideration”, says Football Association of Singapore in support of his application to defer National Service obligations
By Danisha Hakeem Published on by Danisha Hakeem 0

In a press release dated 17 July, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) have declared their strong support for midfielder Benjamin Davis’ request to MINDEF to defer his National Service (NS) obligations. FAS explained the reason for their support: “At age 17, Benjamin Read More

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MINDEF’s rejection of Ben Davis’ NS deferment not only halts the youngster’s personal dream, but also the aspirations of the nation
By Danisha Hakeem Published on by Danisha Hakeem 0

The rejection of rising football star Benjamin Davis’s application to defer his National Service (NS) term by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) will not only place the brakes on the youngster’s personal dreams, but also the hope of “thousands of Singaporeans” who dream Read More

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Benjamin Davis’ signing with Fulham Football Club “no different in principle” from other male Singaporeans’ deferment of overseas study or work opportunities, says former diplomat
By Danisha Hakeem Published on by Danisha Hakeem 0

Former Singaporean diplomat, Mr Bilahari Kausikan, suggested that local footballer Benjamin Davis’ opportunity to play for English Premier League club, Fulham FC, is “no different in principle” from academic or professional opportunities granted to “many other male Singaporeans [who] have had to defer” Read More

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Tharman praises France for supporting its youth in developing football talents while MINDEF rejects SG youth in NS deferment
By Correspondent Published on by Correspondent 0

DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam congratulated France on his Facebook page today (16 Jul) for winning yesterday’s World Cup. France won the World Cup for the second time on Sunday (15 Jul) after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. In his Facebook post, DPM Tharman Read More

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No to deferment for Singaporean footballer Ben Davis 
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

Singapore’s male sportsmen will never be able to succeed at the world stage if the Ministry of Defence’s stand on National Service deferment remains. A few days after it was announced that English Premier League side Fulham FC had signed 17-year old Singaporean Read More

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Rejecting request by Benjamin Davis for deferral of NS too rigid an application of the rules?
By Ghui Published on by Ghui 0

It would appear that Singaporean youngster and footballer may have to wave goodbye to his dream of being the first Singaporean to play in the English Premier League (EPL) because his application for deferment of his national service (NS) has been denied. This Read More

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