20 Jul '11, 9am

"My efforts to relinquish my Singaporean citizenship was denied because I had to face my punishment for committing...

Dear SDP, My name is Stanley Tow. I live in Toronto, Canada. I was born in Singapore in 1966, and I still hold my Singapore NRIC. Your party makes no platform towards overseas Singaporeans who left as children and are now barred from their nation of birth simply because they were born as males and have chosen to live abroad. I left the country when I was 15 to study in Canada. Along the way, I decided to make Canada home. Unfortunately, my family found out the hard way that being born a male in Singapore dooms his chances of returning home. It was impossible to relinquish my Singaporean citizenship because the nation felt I had owed it national service simply because I was born there and had a duty to serve in its defense. Our laws implied that to have turned 16 while in another country and making the adult decision to remain in another country was tantamount to committing...

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