My parents are 70 years old, all born in Singapore, we moved to Canada in 1980s when I was 1 year old.
Now we are all Canadians by passport but I live in UK and parents live in Taiwan
We still have house in Canada and paying Canadian taxes.
Because of NS problem I can never go to Singapore.
Now parents want to go back Singapore to live because all their friends in Taiwan went back too. They have not renewed SG passport in 30 years, to renew they need to give up Canadian citizenship but don't want to because Canada is the only country where I can live with them in future.
Is there any way they can renounce Singapore citizenship but still live in Singapore as people of independent means, on their Canadian passports?
Wah, maybe you should do NS?
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Those who are liable to serve national service but refuse are charged under the Enlistment Act. If convicted, they face three years' imprisonment and a fine of S$10,000. Controversy arose when the penalties were increased in January 2006 after Melvyn Tan, who was born in Singapore, received a fine for defaulting on his National Service obligations. Tan left for London to study music during his enlistment age and later acquired British nationality. In parliament, Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean provided some illustration of the punishments defaulters would face:
1. Where the default period exceeds two years but the defaulter is young enough to serve his full-time and operationally ready NS duties in full, MINDEF will press for a short jail sentence.
2. Where the defaulter has reached an age when he cannot serve his full-time NS in a combat vocation or fulfil his operationally ready NS obligations in full, a longer jail sentence to reflect the period of NS he has evaded may be appropriate.
3. Where the defaulter has reached an age when he cannot be called up for NS at all, a jail sentence up to the maximum of three years may be appropriate.
Each year, a small number of people are convicted for their failure to enlist or refusal to be conscripted. Most of them were Jehovah's Witnesses, who are usually court-martialled and sentenced to three years' imprisonment, but they are usually held in a low-security detention facility and separated from other conscription offenders. The government does not consider conscientious objection to be a legal reason for refusal to serve NS. Since 1972, the publications of Jehovah's Witnesses have been outlawed in Singapore. This is commonly misinterpreted to mean that Jehovah's Witnesses themselves are outlawed in Singapore.
Oh damn! Changed my answer - better not try to come back...