Another NS trainee dies, makes total 16Posted: May 9, 2008
That’s right. The total number of trainees who have died during their National Service stint is now at 16. Makes one wonder exactly how many more need to die before the Defense Minister, Najib realises that there’s something dreadfully wrong with National Service.
NS trainee dies after upset stomach
KUALA LUMPUR: A National Service trainee who complained of an upset stomach after having lunch, died nine hours later at a hospital.
National Service Training Department director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said Too Hui Min, 18, died on Wednesday at 10.45pm at the Slim River Hospital in Perak.
The teenager and 177 other trainees from the Geo Kosmo Camp in Kuala Kubu Baru, had chicken rice for lunch while training at the shooting range in Jugra Banting, Selangor. They arrived at the range at 1.45pm,
However, at 3pm, Too complained of an upset stomach and was checked on site by a paramedic on standby. Too, he said, was not allowed to continue with the shooting training and was given medication for wind.
She was then taken back to the camp before she was driven to the hospital.
Too, he said, reached the camp at 5.30pm and was checked according to procedure by a Health Ministry medical officer.
“She was conscious all through and not in critical condition. She was then sent to the hospital at 8.30pm and placed in the observation ward,” he said, adding that her family was also informed.
Abdul Hadi said the hospital staff told the NS officers that they could leave the hospital as her condition was not critical.
“She became critical at 10pm and died at 10.45pm,” he said, adding that Too had suffered constipation on March 19 but did not have any other medical problems as far as they knew.
On why Too was only sent to hospital at 8.30pm, Abdul Hadi said medical procedures were followed and she would have been rushed immediately if the situation warranted it.
There had been 16 deaths since National Service started in 2004, including two this year. The deaths included those who went on holidays or had accidents outside the camp.
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There is just something so so wrong with this scenario. Najib had better start looking at this real closely. This National Service “baby” of his is killing our youth.
16 deaths since 2004 makes an average of 4 every year. And that’s 4 out of 450,000 who are eligible to attend NS training. Or 4 out of the 100,000 who actually GO for the NS training. It doesn’t LOOK like much, but we’re talking about lives here. One life lost is one life too many.
My condolences to Too Hui Min’s family. I hope they get a proper explanation over what exactly happened to their daughter. May God be with her.