About Ike See - the article strives to create the impression that the Defence Ministry recognised his extraordinary musical talent and so decided to "make room for genius" by granting the NS deferment. Thus the Defence Ministry is supposedly one of those enlightened "institutions" of our society finding ways to deal with the "welcome development" of geniuses in our midst.ST Aug 21, 2006
Making room for genius
TALENTED young Singapore musicians are getting a break. Two recent pieces of news were especially heartening in this respect. Last week, this newspaper reported that the new freshman class at the National University of Singapore's music conservatory includes three Singapore teenagers who have not even sat for the 'O' level exams, let alone the 'A' levels. Together with four youngsters from abroad, that makes seven early admissions this year - compared with a previous total of one. And earlier, word emerged that the Defence Ministry had finally given 17-year-old Ike See a deferment on his national service obligations, allowing him to immediately pursue music studies in the United States. Both cases are a victory for the extraordinarily talented ...
... more often than not, it is in rich nations that such a gift finds sufficient outlet to become noticeable. Clearly, this is happening in Singapore. If the past year alone is anything to go by, more evidence will emerge. Thus, society and its institutions must find even more ways to deal with this welcome development.
Of course, this is quite untrue. Although Ike See got his NS deferment, his musical talent in fact received no recognition and carried no weight or significance whatsoever in the Defence Ministry's decision to grant that deferment. For reasons I've previously explained, the Defence Ministry would have just as readily granted him a deferment to study Accountancy or Tourism Studies at Singapore Polytechnic. To understand the real background, click here - More Bureaucractic Nonsense.
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