23 deaths since National Service started

Female students sit in their tent on the first day of the National Service Program at a camp in Kuala Kubu Baru outside of Kuala Lumpur 16 February 2004. — AFP pic
Female students sit in their tent on the first day of the National Service Program at a camp in Kuala Kubu Baru outside of Kuala Lumpur 16 February 2004. — AFP pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 — Since the National Service training programme started in December 2003, a total 23 deaths at camps nationwide have been reported. 

The main reasons for the deaths are drowning and health issues like viral infection. 

Apart from that, sexual assault, rape and fights have also taken place. 

March 8, 2012 

An 18-year-old trainee, R. Vinoth, died after having fever for three days. According to the post-mortem, Vinoth had succumbed to leptospirosis, or commonly known as the “rat fever”.

January 2010

A Sikh youth woke up to find his hair had been cut by 50 to 60cm while he was asleep in his dormitory.

June 29, 2009

Abdul Malik Ishak, 18, was found dead on his bed at Kem Guar Chenderai,  Padang Besar, Perlis. He had no medical condition as shown on his health declaration form.

June 27, 2009

A brawl involving 100 trainees broke out in the canteen of Lake Chini Resort Camp, Pahang. The fight started when trainees were instructed to arrange the table and some inadvertently shoved each other.

Seventeen trainees were arrested and held at the Pekan district police lock-up for two days before being released after a meeting with their parents.

June 23, 2009

An 18-year-old trainee claimed she was sexually assaulted by more than 20 unidentified men at Lake Chini Resort Camp, Lake Chini, Pahang, while making a call from a phone booth on camp grounds at night. 

She declined to return to camp after the incident. 

May 29, 2008

Sixty-seven trainees at the Barracuda, Setiu Agro, Terengganu camp reportedly suffered stomachache believed to be caused by food poisoning. 

Sept 3, 2007

Mohd Rafi Ameer, 18, died after having fever and his leg had been swollen for a week. 

March 1, 2007 

P. Prema from Kajang, Selangor, was found unconscious in a toilet at Jeram Linang and she was pronounced dead upon admission to the Tengku Anis Hospital.

Jan 18, 2007

Ili Ameera Azlan, 17, who was attached to the Ayer Keroh camp in Malacca, died after suffering breathing difficulties.

June 11, 2005

S. Theresa Pauline, 17, died due of a viral infection. She was attached to the Karisma Camp, Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan.

May 14, 2005

Nurul Ashikin Karino, 17, died at the Han Sui, Tawau, Sabah camp after allegedly being injured during training.

April 23, 2004

Awang Mohd Fazil Awang Borhan, 17, died when he was swimming with 36 other trainees at Sungai Cina, Matang, Kuching, Sarawak.

Feb  28, 2004

A female trainee, 17, was raped by in a car in the Rhu Tapai agro-industrial estate near Setiu. Corporal Zuki Mohd, 30, was jailed 12 years and ordered to be caned three times for the offence.

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