Ben Davis may face imprisonment for defaulting National Service



Fulham footballer Benjamin Davis has defaulted on his national service commitments, The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a statement on 18 Feb.

The announcement was made after Mr. Davis failed to report for enlistment on 14 Feb. He is also staying overseas without a valid exit permit, MINDEF added.

Mr. Davis may be fined up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years for committing offenses under the Enlistment Act.

Meanwhile, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), who supported Davis’ application for deferment, expressed great disappointment.

“It is thoroughly irresponsible on the part of Mr. Davis, and also reneges on his (and his father’s) assurance to the FAS that Mr. Davis would discharge his NS commitments and play for the Singapore national team.” A spokesman for FAS said.

Ben’s father, Harvey Davis, declined to comment.

Ho seh liao. MINDEF will chase this matter till the end of time. Then again, if given this opportunity, what will you do instead?

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