First step to restore public confidence in national service programme is to end the cult of secrecy and allow elected representatives free and full access to the 45 training camps to allay parental concerns about the welfare and safety of their children
Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): The media has carried reports of mass hysteria at the national service training camp in Pasir Panjang, Negri Sembilan which houses 508 trainees, with nine warded at the Seremban Hospital after being sent to the Port Dickson district hospital.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should give a full report about the problem of mass hysteria among the 85,000 national service trainees throughout the country, as I have received reports indicating that this is not the first time nor the first camp where mass hysteria had surfaced.
I have for instance received a report and a five-point recommendation from a public-spirited Malaysian after survey of the breakdown of discipline at the Paya Besar Kuala Berang national service training camp in Hulu Terenganu, following a fight between two groups of trainees, viz::
The first step to restore public confidence in national service programme is to end the cult of secrecy and to allow elected representatives free and full access to the 45 training camps to allay parental concerns about the welfare and safety of their children.
If Najib has no confidence in the newly-elected Members of Parliament and State Assembly members to help to pinpoint and rectify the flaws and defects of the national service training programme, why should the parents have confidence in the authorities by placing their children’s welfare, health and even lives in the hands of the government in the national service training programme?
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman & Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor