I know it’s Mother’s Day today but lets talk about the National Service Programme (NS) and how it has affected and broke the hearts of many of our mothers. This programme must be scrapped immediately. How many of the 110,000 children taking part this year will be subjected to the same dangers?
Image from eddy, modified.
I don’t think some mothers will celebrate Mother’s Day this year or ever. And who’s to blame for that? Those bloody idiots who not only thought of, but endorsed the silly NS Programme (Read: Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Najib Tun Razak and his ilks). It has brought nothing but misery for some, and a threat to others, that their precious kids will suffer the same fate. I know of parents who are already planning to send their kids overseas so that they can avoid this “hell” camp. Can we blame them for thinking the unthinkable?
So far 16 deaths have occurred in those camps. The latest being 18-year old Too Hui Min in Perak. May her soul rest in peace. And yet the government is adamant that this silly programme should go on. A programme that we are yet to know whether it is useful or useless.
16 deaths! And we can sit here laughing and drinking and celebrating Mother’s day! How gross!
How many more have to die before this programme is abolished once and for all? Even one death is already too many.
Must a minister’s son or daughter die before any action is taken? How many Minister(s) has(have) their kids attending the programme? These are not silly questions, but we will get silly answers from them, no doubt!
The programme is suppose to promote unity, instill love for the country and build one’s character in 90 days. I am afraid the opposite has happened with the recent happenings.
All I can say is, I hope all mothers who have NS-going children will speak up and denounce this silly programme. All mothers, including daddies, grandparents, brothers and sisters, too. Not to mention, all of us here in blogsphere. Let support Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan in her effort to halt this programme.
And to all bloggers who are mommies, and those who are mommies+daddies, to those who are grandparents+mommies, uncles and aunties who are uncles and aunties+mommies, I wish I could wish you happy mother’s day.
But quite honestly, with these deaths in NS, it’s not a too happy mother’s day for me this year. Sob.