Malaysian National News Agency

Government Won't Compromise On Negligence At NS Training Camps
September 06, 2007 22:20 PM
BENTONG, Sept 6 (Bernama) -- The government will not compromise with anyone found to be negligent in running the National Service (NS) training camps throughout the country, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib, who is also the Defence Minister, said the government had to be firm on this matter as it did not want negligence by any party to give a negative perception on the effectiveness of the programme which had been carefully planned.

Those who were proven to be negligent would have to face the music, including disciplinary action, he told reporters after closing the Fourth Series of the NS Training Programme at the Chamang NS Training Camp, here Thursday.

"They (camp operators) will be removed from the programme if they are civilians, while those who are members of the Malaysian Defence Forces will face disciplinary action according to the military regulations," he said.

"In the case of the Cheneh Cemerlang NS Training Camp, Kemaman where a trainee had died, if it was due to negligence by the paramedic, then appropriate action will be taken," he said.

Najib said every operator of the training camp including its commandant, trainers and paramedics must uphold the trust placed on them by the parents to look after their children's welfare.

Meanwhile, he clarified that since the NS Training Programme was introduced in 2004, only 14 trainees had died and not 20 as reported by a local daily.

Of the 14, six deaths were due to illnesses suffered by the trainees themselves such as heart disease, asthma and liver infection.

Meanwhile, he said four deaths occurred during training, two died as a result of accidents, one trainee died while on vacation and one died three days after the completion of training.

Of the remaining two cases, one drowned while on holiday and the latest case at the Cheneh Cemerlang Camp in Kemaman was being investigated, he said.

In his closing speech earlier, Najib said the modules created for the NS training programme aimed to ensure that each trainee understood the `3P' concept, namely, patriotism, excellent character, and the spirit of unity.

In implementing the 3P concept, the government always emphasised on the development of good behaviour, character and personality which were capable of churning out human capital of unique quality.

He said: "If the country is rich but the people are not hardworking, untrustworthy, and indisciplined, then the wealth can be abused. That is why the government came up with the NS Training Programme as it is a significant weapon in ensuring the country's success."

At the closing ceremony for the NS Training Programme today, 199 trainees from the Chamang NS Training Camp, Bentong and Benum Hill Resort Camp, Raub held their passing out parade jointly.

All the trainees would return home beginning Saturday.

To date, 285,152 youths had completed their NS Training Programme since it was introduced three years ago.


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