The above is not a question from me. But it is a letter by Prof Dr M Tajuddin M Rasdi (May 9, 08 4:54pm) quoted in Malaysiakini.
Prof Dr M Tajuddin asked :
So parents, please, wake up. I send this message to YOU. The NS director-general is not going to listen. The political leaders don’t seem to care. So it is up to US. What should we do? Never mind the trainees are Malays, Indians, Chinese, Kadazans, Dayak, Iban or what-have-you. They are all OUR children.
And I wish to reply to Prof Dr M Tajuddin.
We are a nation that has no voice. As a blogger, and a very vocal and courageous one, I did ranted about it in September 2007. But what do you think I can do? When the NS started, I remember this Malay boy who skipped it. The police hunted him down, put him on the front page like he is a banduan, pengkhianat negara. The poor boy merely had to earn a living to feed his mother because he was making ends meet.
That was many years ago. All of us parents are cowed by such things. Over the decades, our balls have shrunken. We have been robbed off our voices. Left and right, we have the ISA and scary shits like those looming in the shadows.
Why? Because our irresponsible mainstream media editors have brainwashed us. Sometimes, I wonder if we are living in a communist country or do we have a voice like the Americans? I was involved with the bereaved parents group in the USA and they are very active. They have mothers against drunk driving, they have parents group for suicide children, they have every darn thing, including campaigns to prevent deaths at playgrounds. They sue their Government. They sue every backsides. They implement laws to protect children. They go out and do something. Why? Because they have all the mechanism in their favour.
Over here? Nurin Jazlin uncle started the Amber Alert type of missing children. We have our general election and Nurin Jazlin is now forgotten. Sharlinie will be forgotten too because our police are too busy merampas lilin.
Over here? If we are not UMNO/MCA cronies, we have no voice. If we seek help from our Opposition party, we are view as troublemakers.
My eldest son was not selected for NS this year. In another two years, it will be my second son’s at the Russian roulette. Then, four years later, my third son and so on until my fifth son.
Do you think I do not wish to tell them to STOP THE DEATHS AT NS CAMP? I want. But who am I? If I do it too actively, people will definitely say, “Aiyah, she is trying to pamper her sons to be pondans lah.” I know. Because our politicians usually use this tactic. So, I do not want my sons to be labelled pondans because I have the nobel desire to make a change. I am selfish. I wont’ do it. I am waiting for others to do it.
But I know others won’t. Not even if they are the ones who are directly affected by it. So, Prof, I am as angry as you.
So, let me tell Lee Lam Thye:
Mr. Lee, when you left DAP, you were in tears. I watched that on TV and I thought you are the greatest hero. I didn’t know DAP struggles then. I thought you made the right decision to strike out on your own to do good for humanity. You are still doing good. But, Sir, you cannot do it alone. Go back to DAP and claim your balls and greatest hero suit and help us. It is more effective then. Then, you aren’t pressured to continue the NS. You can tell someone’s wife who supplies the uniforms, “Sorry lah, you are out of bisnes. Maybe you can start making XXL female banduan uniforms?”
Niamah, sorry I ranted out of tangent. But I have every right to be angry, worried, furious because I have three more sons on that Russian roulette.
I may not have the ability to initiate anything. But if there is any protest, call me. I will buy a few dozen eggs and pelt at Lee Lam Thye. Egg protein is good for hair growth.
P/S : Fong Po Kuan is issuing a motion to stop NS. Now, I wonder how many of our Sinisters from the cabinet has children in there? Oh wait…the random, computer selection detects KKN too. (you don’t know what is KKN? Ask Lim Kit Siang)
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P/S : To those who are too dumb to catch the ball, please don’t comment. This matter is too complicated for simple minded people.
Although I have one daughter who just came back from NS last batch,she came back as the “Wirawati Terbaik”… I shiver everytime I read of all these cases in the papers.I used to have my highest regards for Lee Lam Thye then but obviously there must have been some heart change operation somewhere.
WONDER how many of the Menteri been randomly selected or are they all OVER the SEA studying or cari makan over there !
👿 why so many death cases? Where is the fault? Why it has become so fragile that it worried all the parents? Why? Why BN? What had you done!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM you can learn from Taiwan if you are sick of singapore! BULLSXXX! Pieces of SHIX!
Lilian, for once i thought i want to help out in NS to shape the younger generation lives. But now, i m stuck in between looking at the system that had been introduced! The food sucks! Not healthy at all even they have 6 meals! GOSH2! GOD, HELP THIS COUNTRY!
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My turn at the Russian Roulette was last year. I was lucky enough to dodge this potentially fatal bullet. But many of my friends were not so lucky. Many were jealous that they had to go while I didn’t. As I quote one of my friends:
“Taniah, anda telah dipilih untuk program NS 2008. Taniah my a** lah”
Many of my previous friends who went to NS think that it is a complete waste of time. One commented that it was ‘a three month long holiday’, and a ‘complete waste of time’.
Thanks Lillian!!! You speak our heart. Thanks.
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Hello auntie Lilian, I wrote an article bout this topic as well few days ago on Malaysia Students Blog.
I think there’s lots of factors there causing all sort of problem in NS. I think the whole programme is not mature yet, it’s still in experimental stage so it’s sad that tragedies could happen.
God bless those departed.
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oh my god i don have parent:( since i 15years old.
CLF – I think it is the feeling of apathy and the mentality of master/slave that cause the communication breakdown. E.g. sick students are too afraid of their facilitators etc. The cause is noble but the people who are in there probably adopt the control and obey attitude. I have been to similar camps in my school days and I know that we always have that fear instilled into us. Even if the current batch of NS participants who are bloggers who wish to rant about the camp, I am sure they will be given warnings to be discreet about it. See? Fear has been instilled too deep into us Malaysians since small.
May – Thanks
Victor – I have no solution for all the problems but I think by 18 years old, the school children have been fed with too much ketuanan LOL to change much.
Jarod – It is almost like every batch, there are deaths. The last one I wrote was in Sept 07 and I think recently, there is the Indian girl with flu or something. Now, this. You read what Prof wrote about his views on the news on Berita Harian? I dare not quote it but do read.
BEH – Our Parliamentarians must ask for statistics. How many of their children are in there before? I guess all are exempted. LOL.
Eh? Well I dunno the camp officers warn trainees bout writing in their blog….
What I know is the camp is kinda strict to control any sort of circulation of things happening inside the camp.
Say, last time I was not allowed to take pics of activities because the trainers said dont wanna give negative image to the outside world…
So how they suppose to improve if there’s no transparency in the camp?
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Let’s make a law —- Parents whose kids die in the death camp ought to be put to death as well.
Don’t mind what the BN will do, but it is time we focus on the damn idiotic parents.
Think for a moment: What is the _MOST_ important duty as parents?
To feed the children?
To cloth the children?
The most important duty, for any parents, is to NOT LET ANY HARM COME TO YOUR CHILDREN !!!
SHAME to all the Malaysian parents who sent their sons and daughters to the death camps !
I don’t want any excuse right now. No more “but they will fine us” bullshit, please.
So what if the BN goons fine us? What’s more important? The lives of our children, or money?
Money more important than the lives of their own children?
Just what type of “parents” do we have in Malaysia? Are they even fit to be parents in the first place ???
Penang – You forget to take medicine ah? When you want to talk, please use your brains. Don’t be so insensitive to those parents whose children died. If you really are genuinely passionate about this issue, like the way you ranted above, why don’t you go do something constructive like writing to Lee Lam Thye, the press, sue the government or something?
CLF – The thing is, if one of the ex-NS dares to make it too public with their real opinions and real findings, soon he/she will get into trouble. And frankly, though I know the root cause, I also won’t dare to say it aloud because you know how sensitive things are lah. Right now, just look at Karpal’s case and we know how things are lor. People can protest here in Penang with banners that reeks of racial issues and they get to stand there to chant. But look what happened to the candles? Two sets of laws, for different group of people.
This is probably the first time I’ve read a viewpoint of this issue that is so different.
Just yesterday I was having a discussion with my friend, and we were saying that there are so many people out there who “just talk only”. When we ask, so what can we do to help? They go mum. But they continue to make talk talk talk, no action.
I have to agree with you, we Malaysians have lost our voices. Not many of us are willing to acknowledge the fact that we are a selfish race.
All of us are angry. But so what if all of us are angry? We can’t do anything. All we can do is wait for the people who can do something to do something. But these people aren’t doing anything.
I’m not proud about the fact that I’m selfish. But it’s hard not to admit that it’s every man for himself (or every woman for herself) in this world.
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Lilian, I’ll buy more eggs too and leave it to rot first..lidat somebody’s hair can grow faster…hehehe!
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➡ I am lost… so many interesting things to read. I hope you don’t think I am stalking you. Thinking really hard of starting my own blog.
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