[The Star] 11 deaths since NS began, says Abdullah

20 03 2009

~ REPORTS by ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN, SIM LEOI LEOI AND LOH FOON FONG

A TOTAL of 11 national service (NS) trainees, four of them girls, have died since the programme was introduced in 2004, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

He said seven deaths were health related while the others were due to accidents.

He said 284 trainees suffered injuries.

“The trainees suffered sprained hands and legs, while a small number suffered fractured bones.

“All NS trainees are provided personal insurance coverage by the National Service Training Depart- ment,” he said in a written reply to Sim Tong Him (DAP – Kota Melaka).

In another written reply, Abdullah told Teo Nie Ching (DAP – Serdang) that 581 disabled people were working in the civil service as at December 2008.

They made up 0.06% of the total number of civil service employees, he added.

He said the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry would ensure that the Government reached the target of allocating 1% of jobs in the civil service to disabled people.

> The International Trade and Industry Ministry has revoked Approved Permits (APs) given to 156 companies for contravening rules such as selling the permits to others, said minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“The distribution of APs for this year are made based on a more in-depth audit report and evaluation of documents forwarded by the applicants.

“Checks are also made by visiting the premises of the companies concerned to ensure that the proprietors are not misusing their APs,” he told Wee Choo Keong (PKR – Wangsa Maju) in a written reply.

> All 13 suspects detained in the connection with the murder of former Tenggaroh assemblyman Datuk S. Krishnasamy last year have been released, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said.

He said they were released due to lack of concrete evidence.

“A special task force has been formed and investigations are still on-going,” Syed Hamid told Karpal Singh (DAP – Bukit Gelugor) in a written reply.

Krishnasamy, the Johor MIC deputy chief, was shot at the state MIC building lift while on his way to a meeting on Jan 11 last year.

Article taken from The Star .


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