That no one is going to spill on who LTA X is, and personally, I think this is a good closure. Referring to my previous post, Singapore is not really a forgiving society and even though LTA X didn’t commit murder, Singaporeans will just refer him as the officer who AWOL and got pwned by 龙的传人.

But my vineyards, who had been mumbling and not being really clear recently, told me why LTA X AWOL’d. Apparently it’s because of personal reasons that he AWOL’d. So I think perhaps, it’s time for people – like myself, to bring out some compassion to the whole case. If LTA X had wilfully AWOL’d, thinking that he can get away with it, then I’d say, by all means – he’s taken the chances and it’s fallen flat on him.

On the other hand, if it’s because of personal reasons – particularly reasons of the heart, then I think Singaporeans should just be compassionate about it, close both eyes and get on with life. Here, we have a potentially good officer whose future has more or less been ruined. If you think he deserved to be punished, well, I think he’s got it from the system and the case should be closed.

Afterall, we are all humans and humans being humans, we have feelings. Just that sometimes, it gets the better of us – and if it happens at the wrong time, we end up paying the price for it.



Reader's Comments

  1. Yuit | July 24th, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    “On the other hand, if it’s because of personal reasons – particularly reasons of the heart, then I think Singaporeans should just be compassionate about it, close both eyes and get on with life. Here, we have a potentially good officer whose future has more or less been ruined. If you think he deserved to be punished, well, I think he’s got it from the system and the case should be closed.”
    I’m sorry, but I do not agree with you.
    I’m not sure if you served in the army before, if you were ever in a fighting unit, and in what role and position. There are many in the armed forces that absolutely do not have the LUXURY of compassion. We are talking here about the defense of the nation. Personal reasons or not, a violation is a violation. Seriously. We are talking about the army – dealing with life and death situation here in times of war. A lot of things can happen.
    I served my nation 15 years ago – absolutely no quarters was given – you would be charged if you went AWOL even if your parents died and you left without notifying people. An officer is supposed to uphold certain standards. And the fact that it is PERSONAL reasons, make it even more important. So tomorrow, when a war starts, I have to go AWOL because of PERSONAL reasons? Seriously – WTF?
    Compassion is one thing – being serious about the defense of our nation, and the professionalism of our soldiers is another.

  2. Once a Soldier | July 25th, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    there is no compassion in the army. they are not there to play play. just as there are proper channels for tiny lee to complain, there are also proper channels for soldiers problems, personal or otherwise… YOU DONT JUST AWOL…

    We serve so that others can sleep and the cycle goes on.

  3. Simply Jean | July 25th, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    @Yuit: Yes, I agree that he had to be punished, but I also mentioned that he’s been punished by the system for what he’s done – and that should suffice, trusting that the system is just. In war time, I’m prepared to defend my country in any way I can, and there really isn’t any space for compassion. So, where that’s concerned, I agree with what you have said.

    What I don’t agree (retrospectively at my previous blog entries) about was the cry for his identity to be revealed. For one, Mindef will not release his identity; for another, there’s no point in shaming him again.

    I think the statement of contention lies with “… I think Singaporeans should just be compassionate about it, close both eyes and get on with life …”. What I am referring to, is that Singaporeans should not harp on this matter any more (demanding his name to be revealed and all) and that everyone should just get on with life since he’s already been punished.

    @Once a soldier: Yes, there’s no compassion in the army, and like how my peers put it – “there’s always the SAF hotline if you need compassion – bring out your problem and solve it, not AWOL”. So, when I mentioned that “… it’s time for people – like myself, to bring out some compassion to the whole case …”, it’s more for people to stop harping on this matter and get on with it, as per my previous reply to Yuit.

  4. Simply Jean | July 25th, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    Retrospectively, this matter wouldn’t have been such a big brouhaha if the complainant wasn’t 2Lt Li, agree? 🙂

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