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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A full report will be submitted...

Adam: Oi? Isn't this the same tree we started off from 6 hours ago?

Isn't just bloody typical in Malaysia? A photo of a group of young, innocent National Service Trainees who should never have been put into the danger of possibly dying lost on a jungle trek, grab front page coverage. While the bloody baargers who should have known better and done what they were paid to do were hidden in page 3 almost anonymously.

23 National Service trainees were sent on a jungle "orienteering" trek with nothing more than a compass, some biscuits and a dog-earred piece of paper which was shamelessly passed off as a map. Without a supervising trainer. Surprise! Surprise! They got lost. Some of them could have died. But none did and so in typically Malaysian fashion the media and the 'authorities' are all smiles and spout off about how a bunch of young Malaysians have survived a jungle ordeal.

An instructor should have accompanied the group said the director-general of the National Service Training Department.


No, the orienteering programme required that the instructors wait for the trainees at a point 1.2 km from the starting point said the camp commandant. And then some more the trainees had been trained and successfully executed their exercise while they were in camp. So what's the problem?

The right hand not knowing what the left is doing? Malaysia ma.

Of course, the chairman of the National Service Training Council Lee Lam Thye announced that a 'full report' on the matter must be submitted. Ho hum! We're still waiting for those reports on the bus screw ups, sexual harassment, food poisoning etc. So don't hold your breath, folks.

But the best statement came from the mouth of another Y.B. The Malacca Chief Minister suggested that at least one or two of the trainees should be allowed to bring along their mobile phones in case of emergencies. Does he know of a telco that provides service in the middle of the jungle that we don't?

NO wait, there is a better one. The parents of the lost orienteering flers were not informed that the youngsters were lost. Why?

Camp Commandant Mejar Japari Ujang said:

“We tried our best first to find the trainees first. We did not want the parents to worry."

Don't want to worry them ma. See? Nobody died isnit?

Okay, we await the next National Service screw-up with bated breath. Just pray that your child isn't going to be in that story.

Niamah!!!

33 comments:

Mohd said...

Pat, its good to read your post man.

accountability said...

hey patrick!
glad to have you back... :)

hai, after so many fuck-ups, still no improvements to our NS programme...

with all these ridiculous excuses and suggestions i'm hearing from camp trainers and ministers, i am definitely right in BOYCOTTING this sham of a programme...

NIAMAH!!!

EastMalaysianInKL said...

I wonder if by the time my children is of NS-going age will we still all this nonsense going on. Chances are we will.

After all 50 years after independence we're still witnessing the same old-same old from our grandparents' time...

BTW I don't have any children yet...

daniel said...

Hi Pat, nice to see your post again.

We could have some entries for our Malaysian Book of Records for the longest delayed report and the most number of reports demanded by the cabinet within a month.

All those reports which are finally written are probably now propping up the dining tables or some other furniture in the houses or offices of those shameless fools who demanded them in the first place.

wahi said...

Hi Patrick,

If I were a parent of one of the lost kids, I would've pulled my boy out from the camp ASAP. And I'll just dare anyone who'll try stop me. Why wait for a second snafu?

zorro said...

Hiya Patrick, everything is half-past six. Until something drastic happens to us the hand position (on the clock) will still be half-past six. Love to Min.

DeLiRiuM said...

Good to have you back, Patrick.

I think the NT programme is another good idea that is poorly executed - I don't think they even know what the objectives of the whole programme are.

Perhaps they think that getting the trainees lost is a fantastic way of intra-ethnic bonding? Unless things go the way of the Lord of the Flies la...

Hammerhead said...

So, any prove that these NS trainees are better citizens after their stint? Or is it just like a holiday camp?

flaminglambo said...

Gawd, not another NS f#$k-up.

If we're that disorganised in training these kids, it begs the question of how well trained our armed forces really are to respond in the event of an emergency.

If these things happen where I am, there would be a national inquiry by now.

Children are our future? Clearly, there's not much value placed in our children with these ridiculous stuff-ups. Stuff-ups that shouldn't even occur in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Hi Patrick
First you have been missed.

Second my daughter would be eligible for this next year and i alreadi have second thoughts about this. Maybe i should ship her to a safer place .......better be safe than sorry
Amanda

zewt said...

wow... so many "FULL" reports still outstanding eh? I guess I have also been infected with the 'mudah lupa' virus.

forget about it la... after all, like you said... malaysia ma... niamah doesnt seem to be right expression anymore... it should be...

malaysia-ma...

boy said...

NS programme is a way to spread the wealth across M'sia.But the problem is the tender process is not transparent.This means big chunk of the money will be channelled to specific pockets.More improvement means more tax payers money going down the drain.A RM 100 work will become RM 1000 work.Big money is spent on small work.What is happening in M'sia?

accountability said...

holiday camp?
more like death camp for the clueless NS trainees...

...while najis is busy rent-seeking from the (ugly) uniform, (late) buses & (dirty) catering contracts

NIAMAH!!!

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Daily Nibbler said...

Agreed. This should not have happened. A disgrace to our government, the organizers and the public at large. Hope the problem is fixed to prevent any recurrence.

Anonymous said...

Our NS trainees also donno how to use a map and compass issit?

Dimwit. 3 months = summer camp, not NS.

Plus, we all know that the instructer was probably so lazy to follow so he was like "well hey, these kids know how to use a map and a compass so lets just wait here where i can enjoy the scenery,"

Trashed said...

Baarger you Patrick. For a "full time blogger" as introduced in the AlJazeera 101 East discussion, your blog production very poor lah.

The whole NS program should be revamped given the numerous screw ups that have been publicised. One wonders what hasn't been newsworthy yet !

One issue that I am blur about is shooting practice. Waiting for the day someone gets hurt (or worse!). There are alternatives to this but being a cynic, perhaps the "incentives" to use these alternatives was not lucrative enough.

On another note but in similar vein, what is effective gun control? Charge $5,000 per bullet.

mob1900 said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvZYV-p3VEs&eurl=

Niamah!!! on YouTube, well actually it was featured on Al Jazeera on media freedom on Bloggers.

We're proud of NIAMAH!!!
Viva Le Bloggers!

Tamilpillay said...

Lam Thye is not going to do anything. Ask Samy Vellu to investigate. He can check -at the same time - on the JJ (Jamuluddin)story describing Malaysian Tamils (all members of the MIC) as "dark" and "low class" during a visit to US. I don't know if the reported comments are true or not or he made them because in US there is freedom of speech and JJ can just let of steam!

Aileen_g said...

lol...

nice blog.. with a NICER NAME~
niamah pulakk, how did you come up with a name like tat!!???

anyway ure stuff here is really interesting hehehe.

all d best, NIAMAH!!

Anonymous said...

Hope NS won't turn into Non-sensical Sacrifice...

Anonymous said...

The most suprising things is that our army or policeman most of the time does not know our own jungle well like the back of our palm.

There are 2 cases recently or even more whereby the lost trekkers are found by either the joggers or find their own way out.

Like this how to combat the enemy when really being challenged or we have lost our skill sets since the last communist in jungle give up their arms ?

NS Parent said...

One insidious aspect is the conduct of certain abusive NS trainers. Verbal abuse seems very much a standard practice in the camp. Maybe they forget that NS is not meant to be military-oriented but a social engineering experiment.

Trainees have often been made to stand in the hot sun to listen to the trainers' diatribes as "punishment"; others have been singled out and verbally abused till they broke down and cried. Group punishment is common so your child suffers when his/her team mates make a mistake!

Trainees raised in loving homes where nary a harsh word is uttered by the parents are traumatised to be put into a camp with bullying trainers shouting down on them on a daily basis.

Is this what NS hopes to achieve: to teach the kids that the "real world" is rough, tough and hostile, where bullying and shouting is the way of life?

The nation could have made better use of the millions of ringgit and spare our children from the mental agony and trauma they will carry as a legacy from their NS stint!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat
Saw you in Aljazeera.
Freedom of speech : "what the fuck you want"
Freedom of Loud Mouth : "Fuck you"
he he

Proud of you!!
Kudos Pat!

Russ said...

I think having kids in Malaysian NS would be like having constant pins & needles.. Ive personally been for a 'Rakan Muda' Rakan Rekreasi camp many years back when I was a teenager and it was not something I would look forward to again. The groups, the curious adolescents doing marijuana, the stealing of food cause you were hungry at night, all bring back memories. Not to mention the boyscouts 'Operasi Burung Hantu' where you are posted at random locations throughout the jungle for a few hours; but spooked by ghosts storied told my the seniors just minutes before. Being ragged by the seniors at my former Maritime Academy was also not very pleasant. I can imagine myself going thru it, but not my kids or siblings..

Russ said...

Haha Mr. Teoh, well said on 101 East on belaf of all bloggers!! :)

Anonymous said...

Patrick, I think you are losing it , man. It's been almost a whole month since your last post - what's happening? Tired issit? Some more a lot of topics you don't cover, like the govt building collapse - c'm on la..if want ot blog be regular la, don't starve us man.

Ok - to-day sammy says he needs $220 million for CHECKING those collapse building structures. Doesn't this wake you up from your slumber and get you blogging? First the huge amount, for not building properly in the first place. Second how in the f...did he come up with the figures so fast? Pluck from the air issit?

Anonymous said...

hey pat. check this blogger out. dead man blogging..scary but interesting. darijalanampang.blogspot.com

fariz said...

Woo damn I haven't read the news yet..

$220 million just for checking the collapsed building? Then how much more to rebuild it?

JaMie said...

.. scary. must pray hard that i won't kena this year. ... =S

Anonymous said...

bukan 220 million, 22 million - sorry ah, typo - refer star today

Trashed said...

The amount is RM 22 million, not Rm 220 million, but nonetheless, should the tax paying rakyat pay for the shoddy work of non-competitively awarded contractors ?

The gahmen's money is the people's money. Samy and the like seem to have forgotten that. Niamah !!!

Well, folks, in the next 12 months, expect a general election and you can make your choice of how you want this country to be run. If you are of voting age and did not register or do not vote, you have abdicated your responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know that this is not the first company trying to implement such policies...
Petronas is doing the same thing. In order to become their vendor, supplier, etc. you have to be a bumi company or 51% bumi company.
BEAT THAT!!!
Malaysia really BOLEH!!!!
I really don't feel Malaysian at all not because i choose to but bcoz the circumstances has made me feel like a non-malaysian!!!!

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