Each year, I am relieved that none of my sons were chosen for National Service. I am not a protective mother. I am also not paranoid.
But looking at the kind of lackadaisical attitude of our Federal Government (when you are a Penangite, you have to make sure you are talking about the right government because we have two from different poles), I did plan to kick up a fuss if my son is selected.
I will not tolerate such rubbishes because they are dealing with the lives of our children. Do you all still remember how many deaths have occured at NS camps over the years? Do you still remember how Lee Lam Thye would blame this, blame that, except blaming the government? Nevermind…I know Malaysians all mudah lupa. Hey, Lee Lam Thye also have stepped down, isn’t it?
The problems with us parents in Malaysia is our lack of courage. I know many parents would be scared shit if the word ‘Government’ is mentioned. They will ‘yes sir’ without a second thought. Nevermind that their kids’ lives are at risk. They are just soooo afraid of ‘cheng hoo’.
Today, The Star mentioned that the Balik Pulau NS camp was without CF. And not even temporary CF. This will probably goes unnoticed in the previous state government. Hopefully, the new council chief and her councillors will not tolerate such things and close the camp down until proper certificate of fitness is in place.
By the way, the camp was build where the tsunami hits Penang. That part of the beach is actually not a safe place to swim as the waves are rather strong. I had been there many times and certain days, it is rather spooky with winds howling.
Read this article from The Star :
THE White Resort National Service training camp in Balik Pulau has been operating without a Certificate of Fitness (CF) since its opening in December 2007.
Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) Building department director Yew Tung Seang said the camp did not even have a temporary CF. (continue reading)
If my son is in there, I would be shooting them with my camera. But too bad, there is only one of me (and a million tasks to deal with), so I hope some other parents will take the initiative to ensure that our NS camps are safe for our children. Don’t wait for tragedy to happen before moving your butts, ok? It is our parents’ earnest push that will get things done. Don’t sit and wait for others to get things done. Do it yourself. In Penang, you can be assured that our council hears us. Trust me. Our Penang chenghoo (gov) is supposed to be people-centric. Not profit centric.