Sick teen shocked to find name in papers


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Jun 2004

BY LAM LI

KUALA LUMPUR: During her five-day national service (NS) stint, Rabiatuladawiyah Sahimi was hospitalised twice due to asthma and later discharged from the compulsory training and sent home. 

The 18-year-old from here was shocked to find her name in all the major dailies on Thursday, listed as one of the 8,599 individuals said to have failed to respond to the previous NS call and threatened with legal action if they failed to show up this time around. 

“When I was sent home, I thought the necessary corresponding documents would be sorted out and I would not be considered an absentee. 

“Now I have to go through a medical check-up again and reapply for exemption,” she said.  

She had an asthma attack while training at Universiti Malaya because she had bathed in cold water and not because of excessive physical activities, she said. 

Rabiatuladawiyah was among 15 individuals – whose names appeared in the newspapers – who turned up at the NS Training Department in Jalan Tun Razak here yesterday to state their case for staying away from the programme.  

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