muahahaha! joke of the year....the term 'white horse' was used to identify sons of influential persons to ensure such enlistees were not given preferential treatment.
'White horse' classification for NSmen existed prior to 2000
By Dominique Loh, Channel NewsAsia
SINGAPORE : Minister of State for Defence Cedric Foo said the Singapore Armed Forces had a 'white horse' classification for NSmen prior to year 2000.
He said the term was used to identify sons of influential persons to ensure such enlistees were not given preferential treatment.
Mr Foo was replying to a question in Parliament on Tuesday by Non-Constituency MP Steve Chia.
Mr Chia asked if there was such a classification and, if so, who qualifies to be classified as a 'white horse' and what privileges are accorded to them.
It is a rite of passage for all 18-year-old Singaporean men.
They enlist and serve two or two-and-a-half years of National Service in a variety or vocations ranging from combat to clerical.
But for many years, some NSmen have wondered if the battlefield is really level.
There were whispers that the sons of influential Singaporeans, dubbed 'white horses', were supposedly getting special treatment during their National Service.
"I thought they got special treatment that was what I was lead to believe."
"I don't have any 'white horse' in my platoon, but from what I heard, these people do have special treatment and they will get less punishment, easy jobs but don't know if it's true."
"It should be taken out, everyone is equal regardless if you are a politician's son, someone powerful, rich. You are Singaporean, we all have to go through NS one point or another, why should you receive special treatment? "
Well, for what many Singaporeans say is the first time, the Defence Ministry has publicly admitted to having a 'white horse' classification.
But the purpose was the exact opposite.
Mr Foo said: "All NSmen are treated equally and are deployed in vocations and units based on SAF operational requirements, their medical classification, and their academic and military performance. No NSmen has been accorded special privileges.
"Prior to year 2000, the term 'white horse' was used to identify sons of influential persons to ensure such enlistees were not given preferential treatment. And their medical classification and vocation assignments are scrupulously fair."
But there were no follow-up questions from MPs. So then why scrap the scheme?
Mr Foo said: "Over the years, the public has widely accepted that the NS assignment system is fair and there is no preferential treatment to anyone. Since 2000, the SAF does not have a white horse classification for NSmen." - CNA