This being true, it is all the more ridiculous for some people to suggest that we are should somehow lose even the slight advantage in terms of numbers in men and equipment. We already have all the regular soldiers that a TINY 4m population like ours can give, which isn't much. Our only recourse is having more people through conscription and buying lots of equipment.
And I still fail to see the argument as to why we shouldn't have more, since Singapore government is:
a) RICH $$$ (like you wouldn't believe)
b) Well capable of operating them
But guess what, we still pay MUCH LESS taxes as a people than either Australia or Canada. : )