Do not be surprised if you find what seems to be Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) attire selling online -- on a China website.
The website, Taobao.com, is China's largest online marketplace, and over 10 vendors are selling T-shirts and singlets below (S$5) bearing what seems to be an SAF logo.
Buyers of the clothes, branded online as 'military-uniform style' by the vendors, commented the material of the clothes is 'very comfortable' and gave other good reviews.
STOMP understands that it is illegal for servicemen to sell their personal equipment that is issued to them by the SAF.
However, it is not known if the clothes are fake copies or actual SAF attire. Recruits are issued similar T-shirts and singlets during their basic military training (BMT).
One lawyer told My Paper that if the military does not take the items manufactured or rejects them, then they will not be military property and the third parties selling such items may not be breaking the law.
Another lawyer said that if the clothes carry the SAF logo, manufacturers can still be charged under the Decorations and Uniforms Act, although it is tough to take action against an entity that is not in Singapore.
STOMPer TabaoNS said:
"Is this why we have spotted some foreigners wearing army uniform?
"People are even spotted wearing the SAF uniform overseas, like in Australia.
"There are even people who make fun of the uniform.
"Or could this be surplus stock sold online, or second hand items sold online by servicemen?
"If like this, then anyone can pretend to be in the SAF?
"I think if they are second hand items, we should be responsible and dispose of them in a way that they do not end up in unauthorised use.
"Or we can always return them to the Army Logistics Base or the eMarts."