The proposed full body check-up for National Service (NS) trainees, beginning next intake, may be a better and reliable option but is unlikely to be implemented soon.
Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said this was because the move would incur a huge cost and involve a more complicated structure of who should bear it.
“The question is, who is going to bear the cost? The parents? They will make a lot of noise if the cost is passed to them. We need to study it”.
My advice to Liow is go to ahead with the full body check-up for all trainees. Parents would have spent more than hundreds of thousands ringgit to bring up their children by the time they reached 18 years old.
If the government wants to enlist them on a compulsory programme, regardless how silly and meaningless it is, it must be willing to fork out RM400-500 per trainee to ensure necessary precautions are taken before submitting the trainee to streneuous training. The money comes from tax payers anyway so what is the fuss about who bear the cost?
Previously, I had found Liow's stand against Wee Meng Chee's parody distasteful, the minister has repeated the same silly, distasteful and uncaring statement again.
If the government finds the full body check-up expensive, don't the people/tax payers find the RM500 million expenses a year on NS programme expensive too?