NS camps have smoking and meal quality problems

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/4/17/nation/13978093&sec=nation

Monday April 17, 2006

NS camps have smoking and meal quality problems

MIRI: This is one bad habit that must be snuffed out without delay in national service (NS) camps smoking.

And the culprits, said NS Training Council chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, included both trainees and trainers.

They are not supposed to smoke in the camps. It does not matter whether it is the trainees or the trainers.

It is a question of discipline. The most important element in the NS programme is the instilling of discipline, he said.

In fact, during a visit yesterday to the training camp here at Sungai Rait, Lee found a packet of cigarettes hidden in the toilet and shower room while making a surprise inspection.

According to him, the problem could be found in many camps and he had reminded the camp commandants to ensure that it was resolved.

Strict adherence to all rules cannot be compromised or else the purpose of the programme will never be realised, he said.

Lee also noted that the quality of food served in the camps was another major concern.

Generally, the issue of food is also a common problem. The quality of the food served as well as hygiene are very important.

The Government allocates RM16 per day to feed each trainee. This means that the food served by the camp operators must reflect that value, he said.

The trainees, he added, should be fed well as they had to undergo strenuous outdoor activities.

At a press conference earlier, Lee said the council would study a proposal to give the trainees a one-day exposure to firearms in military camps.

We are not going to allow trainees to carry firearms or use them every day, he said, adding that the matter would be referred to the Defence Minister for a final decision.

He also said some trainees were still reporting to camps even though they were not fit to undergo training.

Parents should send them for medical check-ups in government hospitals before they register for training, he added.