Yet Another NS Death = YANSD
If it keeps up, perhaps it'll even become a new verb.
"My daughter was YANSD'ed"
So many have died under the care of the Government. While some may argue, it represents just a fraction of a percentage of those participating, even a single death should be unacceptable.
Malaysia claims to aspire to developed nation status. Well, let me tell you what would happen if something like this were to happen in the US or UK or Australia.
First, there would be a huge outrage by the Press. The newspapers would eat the story alive, fanning the flames of discontent and concern. Thousands of inches of newspaper column would be dedicated to reports, investigations, quotes, statistics and opinions.
In Malaysia, the Press is in the back pocket of the Government. Not a single editorial, no investigative reports, everything tuned down to a matter-of-fact discussion. The Press are the people's FOURTH ESTATE. They should be pulling the strings of public discussion and public opinion.
Second, public outcry over the deaths would lead to, the very least, a suspension of the entire program while an independent investigation takes place. There must be a reason why children are dying under the care of the Government. Negligence? Incompetence? Bad luck?
Its a pure shame Malaysia's National Service sucks as much as it does. Its a bigger shame that we don't seem to care enough to find out why.