S'pore: the Maid, the Pack and the Soldier

The Singapore Armed Forces announced Thursday that it would conduct military exercises in several Singapore sectors between April 4 and April 11, blank rounds and "thunderflashes" are to be used, according to the dispatch from the front. {gallery}smoothgallery/JAN2008/singamaid/{/gallery} And, if a photograph that first appeared on Facebook and then made it to the Singapore website stomp.com.sg is any indication, Singapore's citizen soldiers are to be followed by their domestic helpers carrying their knapsacks. The photo showed a maid shouldering a pack as a green camouflage-clad soldier walked several paces ahead of her near Singapore's Tanah Merah light rail station. He seems busy with his cell phone, perhaps texting someone with tales of his military exploits.

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