Tuesday, May 13, 2008
It was not Me!
I've always thought of Lee as an "I", "Me", "Mine" kind of guy. So what he came up with after the latest National Service trainee death came as no surprise. In my previous blog post I casually mentioned that we should wait and see what Lee has to say about the latest waste of a young life in that national tragedy called National Service. We didn't have to wait long.
When I opened the newspaper today there it was. Lee Lam Thye's 3-column long "explanation" headlined...
"NS is good for youth"!!!
Okay, I shall wait while you finish puking. Done? Alright....actually I am not even going to have to interpret this for you. I'll just cut and paste here for your convenience what the man had the audacity to say to Malaysians. Taken out of context you might say. Well, if you want to check out his whole letter to the press, I will save you page N50 of today's (Tuesday, May 13, 2008) Star. But I advise you not to hold your breath. Okay, ready? Here it goes....
"Every time an NS trainee dies while undergoing training, I am devastated. I put myself in the position of the parents concerned and fully understand their sense of loss, anguish and suffering."
"Since I accepted the appointment of Chairman of the National Service Training Council for a three-year term in June 2005, I have served with commitment and do my utmost best simply because it is a responsibility and a trust and I spend almost 90% of my time doing National Service duties."
"I go to the office almost daily to assist the National Service Training Programme........"
"I also spend a considerable amount of time listening to and attending to parents and needs of trainees who approach me from time to time."
"In the course of two years, I have visited some 60 National Service Camps, giving motivational talks to the trainees..........."
"I constantly emphasise the need to be caring to all trainees and treat them as if the trainees are their own children. I had also called on all camp commandants to take all the necessary steps...."
"There is only so much I can do as a non-executive chairman given the fact that I do not have executive powers. I am never directly involved in the administration and management and the camps which falls squarely on the shoulders of the National Service Training Department’s Director-General and his officers. Camp commandants take directives and instructions from the director-general and his officers."
"As chairman of the council I am compelled to state that each time a death occurs in the camps, it nullifies all the good work and efforts put in by the council............"
"I maintain that National Service training is a good programme for building discipline, character and unity as has been testified by the vast majority of former trainees and their parents but it has to be properly managed by committed and truly caring people."
(all the above highlights are mine)
Tempted as I am to comment on Lee's statements there is really no need to. You read and draw your own conclusions about this "champion" of the rakyat. I shall go and throw up now.