KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday rejected a motion by PAS MP Hanipa Maidin to debate the deaths of National Service trainees.
Kuala Krau MP, Datuk Ismail Said, who is also the Deputy Sepaker, had rejected the motion claiming that the issue is of 'no urgency'.
Hanipa told a press conference later that the matter was important and urgent and that he was upset that the motion had been rejected.
"The national service was initiated a decade ago and there have been 23 deaths since with the most recent being the death of Muhamad Suhaimi Norhamidi, who was found unconscious in one of the bathrooms at the Muadzam Shah camp in Pahang," he said.
Hanipa stressed that in addition to murders and unexplained deaths, there have also been cases of rape, sexual assault, bullying and violence but nothing serious has been done to address the issue.
"In future, if parents are reluctant to send their children for national service, I believe the government has no right to take action against them as their worry is valid," he said.
"Considering this, we request that the National Service should be either temporarily put on hold or permanently halted in order to ensure the safety of the younger generation," he said