DAP says NS deaths one too manyPosted: May 9, 2008
And about time some politicians actually started paying attention to this issue too. It is actually a relief for me to hear that this issue would be tabled in Parliament.
IPOH: Several DAP leaders are calling for the suspension or even the scrapping of the National Service programme.
Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan said she had submitted a notice to table an emergency motion in Parliament following the latest death of another NS trainee.
“There have been many deaths, which goes to prove that the programme is a threat to the safety and health of those taking part.
“One death is already too many,” she told reporters Friday after paying a courtesy call to Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin at the State Secretariat here.
Fong said this clearly showed that there were weaknesses in the programme as even the most basic needs of health and safety were not fulfilled.
“I will also be calling on Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to stop the programme immediately as some 110,000 young people will be taking part this year,” said Fong.
Reiterating her objection against the programme, Fong said it was impossible to achieve unity, instil love for the country and build one’s character in merely 90 days.
“The whole programme has become questionable as to who actually benefits. No parent wants to send their child to an NS centre, only to have a dead body returned to them,” he said.
Full article here.
To think that my sister was going to be one of the trainees is now sending chills down my spine. She got hers deferred, only because she’s overseas, and unable to attend. Should she have went, I don’t know at what level of worry we would be in.
My sister asked a question when she heard of the latest NS trainee death, and I feel compelled to ask it here: “How would the parents feel, to send their daughter to camp, and never see her again?”
I’m glad to hear that some MPs are planning to table a motion in Parliament concerning the National Service Programme, and putting forward the problems that arise from it. Hopefully, it really DOES get tabled soon. I’m still waiting for the motion to abolish the ISA to be tabled. It hasn’t been forthcoming, although the PR MPs have said that it was planned for last Monday.
These issues are of utmost importance to us.