Parliament rejects motion to seek debate on NSPosted: May 15, 2008
I couldn’t find ANYTHING on this issue after Fong Po Kuan announced that day that DAP would be putting forward an emergency motion for a debate on the National Service programme. I wrote about it here.
That was on the 9th of May. Today is already the 14th. And I was waiting for news on it. It never came.
Until I went to Kak Ton’s blog, and found out that NST had reported on this.
Dewan Rakyat Rejects Motion Seeking Debate To End To National Service
The Dewan Rakyat today (May 13) rejected a motion seeking a debate on the immediate termination of the National Service Training Programme due to what Was referred as many problems, particularly involving the safety of Trainees.
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said the motion, tabled by Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah), was rejected as there was no urgency because the Defence Ministry had taken various measures to ensure a high level of safety of the trainees.
“The motion was rejected because members of parliament will have ample opportunity to raise the matter during the debate on the motion of thanks for the royal address,” he said. The NST
Go here for the full blog post.
According to Kak Ton, it was a Bernama report and carried by NST. Nothing in the Star though.
This piece of news is actually quite disappointing. What does it mean by “not urgent”? 16 deaths, and counting, not “urgent”? I’d really like to know his definition of “urgent” then.
But I definitely hope that this is not the end to it. Other than the MPs in Parliament, we ourselves on the ground also have to do what we can to help bring this dying trend to and end.