There will be synergy between both his education and defence portfolios, as many male teens move on to National Service (NS) after their education or further their studies after NS, said Senior Minister of State for Defence Ong Ye Kung on Tuesday (Oct 13).
Mr Ong, who is also Acting Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills), was on his first official visit under his Defence portfolio to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) in Pulau Tekong .
"It's a continuum in a kid's and many boys' lives," he said. "There are a lot of synergies and a lot of connection between the two and I'm glad I have this chance to look through and see through a young person's life."
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Source: “BMT 'remains cornerstone of defence' despite changes” (Straits Times, 14 October 2015) and ‘Education and defence portfolios ‘have synergy’’ (TODAY, 13 October 2015)
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