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by oh chin eng
GEORGE TOWN: The parents of trainees in the White Resort national service camp in Balik Pulau want continuous checks to ensure that the facilities are up to standard.
A parent, who declined to be named, said although it was good for National Service Training Department acting director-general Rozainor Ramli to give the camp operator a week to address the issues, there must be follow-up action.
Another parent, Noor Asa Elang, 43, suggested that the department form a special independent panel to check on the condition of all NS camps, the well-being of trainees and other relevant aspects.
The panel members could be made up of non-government bodies or community leaders, she said, expressing her hope that the situation at the camp would improve following Rozainor’s directive.
“If the condition remains the same after a week, many of us will not hesitate to bring our kids home,” she said when contacted here recently.
The Star had reported that some of the 200 trainees at the camp wanted to pull out due to deplorable conditions, including poor hygiene, insufficient food and broken toilet locks.
Trainees at the camp also said that they had to sleep on broken beds with filthy pillows and unsanitary conditions while one claimed to have found maggots in her food.
The litany of complaints also included clogged sinks and toilets.
Noor Asa claimed that the plight of the trainees had not been attended to despite their complaints.
“When I visited my 18-year-old son last Sunday, he and a few others expressed their frustrations and concerns to me.
“They told me that they had sent written complaints to their trainers and noted their grouses in a report book at the canteen but no action was taken,” she said.
She said the trainees, however, had only good words to say for their instructors and the co-curriculum.
In a statement, Penang Keadilan Youth vice-chairman Dr Afif Bahardin urged the National Audit Department to conduct an audit on all the camps immediately.
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