Joint Release: NS50 Free Travel Day for National Servicemen
19 June 2017 - As part of the commemorative efforts for 50 years of National Service (NS50), all past and present national servicemen from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will enjoy free travel on public buses and trains operated by public transport operators Go-Ahead Singapore, SBS Transit, SMRT Corporation and Tower Transit Singapore on 30 June 2017.
The NS50 Free Travel Day is effective from the start of the public bus and train service on 30 June, to the last bus and train service (including Nite Owl and NightRider). All past and present national servicemen are required to wear the following uniforms, for verification purposes by bus captains or MRT station personnel, to be eligible for their free travel:
- SAF national servicemen: No. 3 or No. 4 service uniforms.
- SPF and SCDF national servicemen: duty uniforms.
Mr David Cutts, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Singapore, said, "Go-Ahead Singapore is honoured to be a part of this milestone event to commemorate NS50 in Singapore. We express our appreciation towards both past and present national servicemen for their invaluable contributions to the country and nation-building. This gesture of providing them complimentary travel on our bus services is a small token of our thanks." CEO SBS Transit, Mr Gan Juay Kiat said: "The safety and security of Singapore is something we must never take for granted. And we have our national servicemen to thank as we commemorate 50 years of NS this year. We salute our national servicemen for their service to our nation! As a gesture of our appreciation, we are pleased to offer all national servicemen, who are the backbone of our national defence, free travel on all 3,000 SBS Transit's buses and the North East and Downtown Lines as well as the Sengkang-Punggol LRT on this special day." Mr Desmond Kuek, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, SMRT Corporation Ltd, said, "SMRT is proud to be part of this nation-wide effort to extend free travel to all national servicemen to recognise and appreciate their continued contributions towards national defence. As we celebrate NS50, free travel on 30 June will provide a boost to NS50 activities held across Singapore. We welcome all NSmen to enjoy complimentary rides on SMRT's extensive bus and train network as we 50 years of NS." Adam Leishman, Group CEO, Tower Transit, said, "We put a lot of importance on the security of our passengers and our facilities, so we can fully appreciate the even bigger responsibility our NS servicemen have for the security of the country. Tower Transit is pleased to have a part in recognising their efforts by letting them travel free."
The NS50 campaign is a year-long celebration to commemorate 50 years of NS, in recognition of the contributions of the more than one million past and present national servicemen who have served in the SSF, SPF and SCDF. More information on the NS50 campaign can be found at www.ns50.sg.
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