Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, the patron of the NS programme, has promised "zero deaths" in NS camps.
What is his remedy?
He said “If there are sick trainees, they (camp commandants) must take action immediately and send them to the nearest hospital. Even if it’s found to be just a normal fever, it doesn’t matter. It’s better for them to do that than to have something regrettable happen later.”
This is a completely different tune compared to the insensitive and uncaring remark made by the Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai who suggested that it might be too 'expensive' to send trainees for full medical check-up.
Najib said that camp commandants “have to be more proactive and hands-on”.
His promise is welcoming to parents. However, is Najib willing to be held responsible if there is another unfortunate acccident took place? Is he willing to propose the scrapping of this compulsory programme?
I hope both Najib and Lee Lam Thye will not continue to pass on the buck because it has to stop somewhere.