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NS trainee’s death: ‘Zahid should take responsibility’

 | June 26, 2012

The defence minister should intervene and make sure the family gets adequate compensation.

KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should intervene and make sure the family of A Tamilarasi – the National Service trainee who passed away during her training – get adequate compensation.

Batu Gajah MP, Fong Po Kuan, and Teluk Intan MP, M Manogaran, said that Zahid should take responsibility and based on compassionate grounds, compensation should be paid to Tamilarasi’s family.

“This family has allowed their daughter to participate after she was selected… her passing is a source of great grief to her family… the minister has to consider giving adequate compensation,” Fong told reporters in Parliament today.

Nineteen-year-old old Tamilarasi slipped into a coma after contracting viral fever and passed away a year later in April. She was the only child in her family.

On June 13, National Service director-general Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said that the family will not be entitled for compensation as the group insurance only covered trainees who died while undergoing training.

He said Tamilarasi’s family received help while she was hospitalised.

He added that compensation can only be paid within seven days of an incident and since Tamilarasi’s death occurred a year after the infection, the insurance would not cover the case.

“Abdul Hadi’s explanation cannot be accepted and it does not inspire the confidence of parents to send their children for National Service,” Fong said.

Tamilarasi’s mother A Krishnamary has said that the family is entitled to compensation as her daughter fell ill during training and never recovered after that.


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