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Monday September 3, 2007

NS trainee dies of fever


Mohd Rafi Ameer: Died on the way to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital on Saturday night
KUANTAN: A national service trainee at the Cheneh Cemerlang camp in Kemaman died on the way to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital here on Saturday night. 

Mohd Rafi Ameer, 18, died at 10.30pm after having fever since last week, his sister Jubaidah said. 

Jubaidah, 25, when met at the hospital, said her brother called her at their home in Bukit Rotan, Kuala Selangor, last Saturday, telling her that he had fever and that his leg had been swollen for nearly a week after he fell during training. 

She said she contacted the camp management to enquire about her brother's condition but was admonished and told that the management could look after Mohd Rafi. 

Jubaidah said she called the camp again on Saturday night and was told that her brother had been sent to the hospital. She decided to go to the hospital at 8.30pm but when she called the hospital authorities on her way there, they told her that Mohd Rafi had died. 

He was buried at the Assam Jawa Muslim cemetery in Ijok yesterday. 

NS Training Department director-general Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil told reporters that Mohd Rafi was admitted to the Kemaman Hospital before being referred to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital. 

“We're waiting for the outcome of the post-mortem for the cause of death,” he said. 

He said a committee headed by the Training Operations Sector deputy director-general Jamaluddin Masrin would be set up to investigate the case, including the complaint by Mohd Rafi's family and whether he had reported any sickness during training. 

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he would await a report on the circumstances leading to Mohd Rafi's death. 

He said it was still premature to come to a conclusion as to what happened. “However, if there are weaknesses on our part, we will take appropriate measures to correct the situation,” he said. 

Mohd Rafi was one of the 137 trainees at the Cheneh Cemerlang NS camp under Group 3 of the fourth series and was scheduled to finish training on Sept 8. 

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