‘The DPM ought to assume full responsibility and be accountable for this failure that has taken numerous lives.’
Worried And Angry Malaysian Parent: I am totally shocked and dismayed to hear of yet again another tragic case of students becoming victims of National Service. I am flabbergasted and unhappy to see that even though numerous cases of trainees having perished, the authorities concerned do not seem to learn through their past mistakes. And all this at the tragic expense of our poor children who sacrificed their lives and who are at the mercy of the government and the ministries concerned.
I demand that the National Service, due to its failure in ensuring the safety and health of the trainees, be scrapped with immediate effect. The public, especially the worrying parents who sent their children to attend the camps, just have had enough of this scam.
The deputy prime minister - as head of the ministries overseeing the running of NS - ought to assume full responsibility and be accountable for the failure that has taken numerous lives. I therefore call for him to resign from his post as DPM for this shameful, deplorable and unforgivable act of negligence.
No amount of regret or apologies or pointing of fingers to his deputies will absolve the DPM from absolving himself of such responsibility.
Ayfy: We can tie a yellow ribbon on our gates, car door handles, wiper blades, aerials etc. Let us show support for RPK. Go out and buy a roll of yellow ribbon and cut shorter strips and pass them around to your friends, neighbours and office colleagues to do the same.
Let Saturdays be a yellow T-shirt days. Go shopping in a yellow T-shirt only. Take a stroll at Dataran Merdeka in the evenings in yellow T-shirts as a sign of peaceful protest. Pass the message on to as many as you can.
Concerned Non Economist: We should not underestimate the Mongolians. Today they may be a Third World country with very little means to defend their citizens abroad. But we must never forget that it was the Mongolians who forced the Chinese to build the Great Wall of China.
If we are not careful, the Mongolians will force us to build the same Great Wall around our judiciary.
Alan Tam: One should not be surprised if the ROS plays along with the government to justify the dissolution of Bunga Tanjung. The people just do not have any confidence in the government agencies now.
Lo Hun: In the report, it was asked if it was legal for an association to be dissolved only at an EGM. However, from what I saw here, it seems that their constitution only mentions that a dissolution can only be done at an AGM and not an EGM. There are also parts of the constitution pertaining to membership that have not been touched on by either the MSM or even the online media, such as the fact that members have to apply for membership and that there is no automatic disqualification of membership etc. Frankly, after looking at it I've become a bit skeptical of what the bigwigs have been saying.
Hakim Omar: Undoubtedly, Mahathir does have an impact in Malaysian politics. BN’s major victory in 2004 was in part due to his exit after 22 years and Pak Lah’s promise of a better Malaysia, in a post -Mahathir era. The ‘Melayu Mudah Lupa’ ex premier needs to be reminded that it was not just his Umnoputra supporters who voted against the BN in the last elections.
To be exact, 51% of Peninsular Malaysians of all races, religions and creeds voted against the BN. They are Umnoputras, BN members, opposition members and non-party members.
Why did the rakyat vote against BN? After two months of reflection, I believe most Malaysians know why. The dissatisfaction ranges from economic pressures, government abuses and misdeeds, broken promises as well as leadership failure.
One clear outcome of the 12th GE is that ordinary Malaysians now realise that the real power is in their hands. If they unite, they can unleash a potent tsunami that can flush away the corrupt, arrogant and mean into history.