‘Tidak apa’ attitude may be cause of NS deaths

The following are letters from parents to The Star concerning their children in National Service. I don't think the letters require any further explanations. Just read them yourself and see what happened.

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‘Tidak apa’ attitude may be cause of NS deaths
Source: TheStar Online, 11/05/2008

I'M VERY sad that one more NS trainee has died, (The Star May 9).

Sixteen NS trainees have died since the programme. Why are so many dead?

Perhaps it is due to the “Tidak apa “ attitude culture built up over last 50 years.

My son is at the Bintulu camp with Group 2 (March 18, 2008 to June 7, 2008)

On March 30, my son had blood in his urine with severe pain when urinating. He was sent to Bintulu Hospital and given some medicine.

My son had to be hospitalised on the fourth day because of similiar symptoms. I was very worried at that time as I felt that the medicine was not working.

On April 11, I faxed a letter to Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil for my son to see a specialist doctor in KL. Nobody from KL HQ called me. Perhaps nobody really cares because it is not their child.

JOHN OOI,

Kuala Lumpur.

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MY SON attended National Service training at the Semanggul camp during the first quarter of 2008.

When I visited him on an open day, he told us that he had been very sick for many days and confined to bed with severe diarrhoea, vomiting and fever.

He said he was finally sent to hospital after three days where he was treated.

We were very disappointed that the authorities had not kept us informed of his condition and that he had not been sent to the hospital earlier.

I read in The Star May 9 that this had happened again to another student. However, this time the child died.

I hope this time the matter will be investigated thoroughly and proper procedures implemented so that sick students will be quickly identified and treated.

CONCERNED PARENT,

Ipoh.

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