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Monday, May 10, 2004


Kayveas Gets Scolded


The recent drowning of a PLKN trainee who was from Taiping has resulted in the MP for Taiping, Datuk Kayveas, being at the receiving end of a scolding. The family of the trainee concerned, T Saravanan, who died in a drowning accident in Gua Musang, Kelantan, are very unhappy with the manner and the lack of empathy the PLKN has shown with regards to their only son's death.

According to news reports, T Saravanan's remains was sent back to his father's Taiping Hospital Quarters not properly attired and there were unexplained bruises and wounds on his body. Fearing that his son may have been bullied and assaulted, he made a police report and requested for a 2nd postmortem. A forensic expert from Ipoh, arrived at the hospital mortuary at about 2pm (considering that it was a Sunday, this was an extremely prompt response). After this post-mortem (the 2nd one , as an earlier one was said to have been performed in Kelantan), the forensic expert conveyed his findings to the father, who said he was satisfied the examination had ruled out his suspicion that his son was a bully victim.

MP Datuk Kayveas was at the receiving end when he paid the family a visit. He had this to say :: "The NS trainers could have conveyed what happened in a more sympathetic manner to Saravanan's family than just saying 'We are informing you that your son is dead'." He added, "They should also have provided some help {and may i add sympathy and understanding) for the family, not just wash their hands and go." But this was exactly what the PLKN has done in this incident. The Star reported that on Saravanan's death, the PLKN representd by one, Datuk Sirajuddin Salleh, had this to say ::
The NS Department had not been informed earlier about the picnic the trainees were having.
“It was not in their itinerary but the trainers must have organised the outing to motivate the trainees who have been in camps since the start of their NS stint,” he said when contacted in Petaling Jaya.
On complaints about the way the body was handled, Sirajuddin said: “I have not been informed of this but I am sure the hospital staff knew what they were doing. Nevertheless, I will investigate the matter.”

It is hoped that when the PLKN going into feedback mode in the near future, prevention of such incidents should be considered and in the event of such happenings, a more sympathetic and personal manner of handling should be in place. Can we expect this of the MINIster in-charge of PLKN?


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