Jane Lim, whose brother Ricky died after National Service (NS) training, cannot be exempted from the programme as requested by her parents, said National Service Training Council chairman Dr Tiki Lafe.
Ricky died on Sept 15, eight days after ending his training at the Asahan Melaka NS camp. Following his death, his parents requested that their sole surviving child be exempted from NS training. Ricky's death was not the first. Since the inception of the NS programme, 14 trainees have died due to several causes.
The cause of Ricky’s death is not known. The fact that his death is still unknown merits an immediate suspension of the NS programme until all issues and complaints are mitigated. Hygiene and camp safety are two major problems in many camps around the country.
It is time an evaluation is conducted on the programme to measure its positive impact on race-relations. If there is no evidence of equitable values contributed by the programme compared to the expenses and lives lost, then it is time the government abolish the programme.
Policy makers should deracialise their respective party first before attempting to introduce any ethnic relations programme. Like the new proposed Race Relations Act, it's full of hot air but lack the necessary substance.
Can the proposer, Liow Tiong Lai, help to enlighten us? Else, save us from another stupid policy. Goodness sake, disband your race based party first.
8pm news @ NTV 7, 73 percent agreed BN should become a single multiracial party. Liow, get cracking now if you are serious about better inter-ethnic relations.
Coming back to Jane's case, the government is still not willing to do the right thing. Her parents are still mourning the lost of their only son, why must the government cause the family further mental anguish? She is not your daughter, Tiki. You are a parent too. Just try putting yourself in her dad's shoe.
Mesra rakyat, my foot! You can bend the law for Ahmad Ismail and Azhar Ibrahim but not for Jane Lim?