Singapore's People's Association (PA) announced on Thursday that national servicemen will get discounts at almost 160 hawker stalls and retail shops starting in July. This initiative has been taken to mark the 50th anniversary of National Service (NS50).
The hawker stalls and shops that are participating in the programme are located in areas such as Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Jurong West, Chinatown, Woodlands, Redhill, Alexandra and Marine Parade. According to reports, a list of the participating outlets, displaying a "We Support You in NS" decal, will be available on the PA website from Friday
The national servicemen will also get a 10 percent discount for courses and facilities at any of the 107 community clubs in Singapore. They will enjoy a 10 percent discount for selected courses at the PA's eight water-venture centres from Jul1 till Dec 31.
However, the national servicemen will have to show their 11B identification card or wear their uniforms in order to avail those discounts.
"This year, as Singapore celebrates NS50, PA wants to show our appreciation for the sacrifices and hard work of our generations of national servicemen, who contribute to Singapore's security on one level and to our society's resilience and unity on another level," PA chief executive Desmond Tan told Channel NewsAsia.
"We are heartened that merchants across Singapore have also come on board to join us in thanking our national servicemen," Tan added.
In February, the government announced that all past and present national servicemen will receive S$100 of vouchers for NS50. The servicemen can use the vouchers at more than 6,000 participating outlets and services, including NTUC FairPrice and Giant supermarkets, Singapore Airlines, Robinsons, Food Republic and McDonald's.
Earlier this month, Singapore's four public transport operators announced free travelling opportunities on public buses and trains for all the past and present national servicemen on Jun 30 to mark NS50. But in order to be eligible for free travel, the national servicemen will have to wear their uniforms.