Case for Chinese youth to enlist in military

Wong Ang Peng

There are now many careers paths in a modern military that does not lead to certain death. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 24, 2020.

“A GOOD son should not join the army,” is a typical Chinese saying in a culture that highly values perpetuating the family lineage. To parents, sons leaving home to join the army is as good as not returning. When I left home to join the army in 1975, my mother cried.     

This article lends a voice to the joint effort of the Defence Ministry (Mindef) and the Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) to woo Chinese youths to enlist in the armed forces. 

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