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National Service Opposition (Chinese Pupils)

Volume 527: debated on Wednesday 19 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what reports he statement showing the Income Tax paid in Kenya by unmarried men, by married men with no children, and by married men with one, two and three children, respectively when their incomes are £500, £1,000, £2,000, £5,000 and £10,000, respectively, the incomes being taken as earned incomes in all cases.

Following is the information:has received in respect of resistance to conscription in Singapore; and what were the grounds of the objection.

There is full public support in Singapore for registration for National Service and 98 per cent, of those estimated to be liable have registered. Opposition was expressed by the pupils of two Chinese schools, who organised demonstrations against it, giving the reason that National Service would interfere with their studies. It has been explained to them that they should first register and then, if they wish, apply for postponement of service.