I initially wanted my son to 'geng': Jack Neo's wife

20 November 2012 / 3 years 11 months ago

Source: AsiaOneHe produced the record-breaking local film Ah Boys To Men, but when it comes to his eldest son's national service, Jack Neo is seriously 'kancheong' (Hokkien for anxious).NS not funny, he says, when your son has been posted to the unit known for its gruelling training: the Commandos.Neo, 52, says: "We totally didn't expect it, so we were caught off-guard. Of course, any parent will really be super kancheong."But I couldn't react too strongly because Irene (his wife) was already going on an overdrive of emotion."Madam Irene Kng, 47, who is also one of the film's three executive producers, admits that her anxiety level shot through the roof upon hearing the news.Her eldest son, 18, received the letter of enlistment last month, and will report for national service on Feb 12 next year, the third day of Chinese New Year.He will be going to Pasir Ris Camp for Basic Military Training (BMT).Her anxiety was not helped by news earlier this week from Parliament, where Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced that the Singapore Armed Forces SAF will strengthen training safety after lapses that led to the deaths of two full-time national servicemen this year.Dr Ng said that in both cases, the respective Committees of Inquiry uncovered breaches of training safety regulations in the events leading to their deaths.Private Dominique Sarron Lee, 21, died on April 17 after experiencing breathing difficulties during an exercise at the Murai Urban Training Facility in Lim Chu Kang.On May 11,Third Sergeant Tan Mou Sheng, 20, died after the jeep he was in overturned in the Marsiling training area.Dr Ng said on Wednesday: "These two deaths could have been avoided if safety instructions had been followed."

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