The DPM was quoted by malaysiakini to have said in Parliament:
"I would like to inform the House that the programme has been well-received by the rakyat despite the cases of death. The confidence of the rakyat shows through the applications to voluntarily take part in the programme which has increased from 929 applicants (2007) to 1,137 (2008)".
If that is the case, they should make it a voluntary program with no need to take risks with the lives of our youths.
He can quote figures like 0.004% death rate and it does seem rather callous. When your child dies, it is 100% death.
He could have explained that all trainees would be given a thorough medical examination before being allowed to participate and that the program would be shortened to reduce costs. Also RMAF helicopters would be deployed to ferry sick trainees to hospitals when necessary.
That is the type of assurance that parents need and should demand.
photo: thanks to malaysiakini