Thursday, May 15, 2008

National Service To Continue...

because it is still a good programme for the rakyat, said Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The number of fatalities which is small does not justify scrapping the programme, he added.

Najib who is also Defence Minister, said this in his winding-up speech at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Read H E R E.

The latest death was of Too Hui Min, 18, from the Geo Kosmo Camp in Kuala Kubu Baharu. She died last Thursday at the Slim River Hospital after complaining of stomachache.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

The dpm also said the govt would continue to upgrade the level of safety and infrastructure at the ns training camps, and give particular attention to the health of the participants....
So much has been said about the benefits of the ns to the nation n the participants but 16 deaths since 2004, dpm said a small %age compared to 339186 trainees, but this could be 100% for the family of the dead participants.. think abt it, mr.dpm & mr.leelamthye, the safety level must b truely safe b4 more young lives are put to the test.

Ranger said...

I pray he experiences a loss, then let us see him sing a different tune. But then, none of our Ministers get to send their children?

CHee XtheMan said...

What the hack you Najip saying here .... 16 deaths is no big deal !! It is not you kids you won;t feel the pain. I hope you Najip to go thru the same trauma ...

I urge all malaysian to boycott the programme for this moment, unless you Najip to have WP to ensure the 100% there will be no more casualty.

ctannie said...

Salam Aina,
I just can't believe when this joker said "The number of fatalities which is small does not justify scrapping the programme, he added.
Even just ONE DEATH, is already too much, dia tak rasa , dia tak tau la macam mana perasaan mak bapak yg kehilangan anak, Sad!

Munira said...

Well, tbh I think the whole National Service idea is good. However I don't like the way the entire program is being organized and managed. Something must be clearly wrong with the way the NS program is being run if there are deaths due to pure negligence. Plus I think they're missing the point what NS should be about. The entire thing feels gratuitous and dare I say, commercialized?... like we're just having it for the sake of having it just because countries like Singapore, Germany, Austria and etc are having it. Once again, the entire issue screams out "jumping the band wagon" with no substantial research, studies and planning. That is the core of the problem.

My sister was actually among those who was conscripted for the NS. She reported that while she did have fun meeting new people and etc, deep down she thought the entire thing was actually a waste of time, and this is all because of the way the NS is managed and organized. So, no, it's not really a complete success because there is no concrete purpose for it, it's just gratuitous. You might as well enroll these kids to join bodies like the Raleigh International for example - they have better programs for youth, better organized with selective target goals. My sister was a participant for Raleigh and she observed that RIKL achieved much more than what NS could have, and that also includes factors such as awareness.

Najib's comment was insensitive and reflects ignorance on the true issue of the problem. What's even more unfair is that we haven't seen any of their kids taking part of the NS. Correct me if I'm wrong.

a thought a day said...

Can someone enlighten me do we have the right not to send our children to NS?

lady pot pet said...

Easy for him to say..his children do not have to attend the programme. His children do not have to go through those days when the children were out there marching in the sun, going through the muddy rivers and eating food at the camps...etc..etc..
I guess so much he wouldn't even let his children go on the bus ride that takes the children to the camps...Aaaargh..bloody hipocrites!!!

Letting the time pass me by said...

In the industrial area, if there is any death to the worker, due to and accident, DOSH can suspend the plant and conduct an investigation until the root cause and the problem and the people involved has been identified.

But, in the case of NS trainee, I do not see that the root cause, the people involved and other issue being address accordingly...

I believe the NS program has been implemented in a hurry and without really doing a proper research on the programme... Maybe it is not about the program itself, but more on the implementation.

The cause of death and the way to prevent it from occuring in the future must be address accordingly before we decide to move on, or maybe we need to suspend the program until we are sure that such incident can be prevented in the future....

mad said...

i think the ns project is a big gold mine for najib. that's why he defended it strongly. again members of parliament should know the details of contract and funds involved in ns training. it should be transparent.

Anonymous said...

Yes they are also going to introduce sex education. I think MCA's Dr Chua should eb put in charge. He has the tapes and some experience. Lee Lam Thye is a waste of time. No use asking him because he will have to ask his loh-por (boss) as he is quite absentminded these days. Too much "Tan Sri" can have that effect if your brain is lame in the first place.

hani said...

Munira said...

Correct me if I'm wrong.

Munira, you're not wrong. You're right.

I think the only Minister who had his child sent for NS is Shafie Afdal.

amoker said...

Show me a minister's children or grandchildren who went thru the NS. So far, none. And if we go down the chain of command, i think we will see the same non participation.

Again, this is just HIS statement and what happens in reality differs. Its about business to cronies. The worst part is that he just shrug it off without even offering solid action plans. Tell us, what is the new level of safety and infra?

mad said...

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Anonymous said...

Our condolence to the family of Too Hui Min. A thorough investigation must be carried out to find the caused and prevent same from ever happening again.
Najib's statement that the number of deaths is "small", is also insensitive and stupid.
However, don't just because thousands of lives were lost due to carbon monoxide and road accidents, we go back to carts and horses as our means of transportation.