Seperti yang kita semua telah maklum, banyak kes yang melibatkan pelatih PLKN dilaporkan di media massa dan akhbar milik kerajaan tentang masalah yang berlaku dalam kem PLKN. Ini tidak termasuk kes kes yang disenyapkan oleh editor akhbar kerajaan dengan arahan pihak tertinggi dan tidak disiarkan di Buletin Utama TV3.
Seperti yang terbaru,
1.kematian berturut turut pelatih PLKN semasa latihan disebabkan kecuaian.
2.Kes rogol dan perzinaan yang sentiasa berlaku melibatkan pelatih PLKN
Dan baru baru ini ramai ibu bapa yang risau anak anak mereka kerana kebejatan ini. Termasuklah Pengarah PLKN sendiri Lee Lam Thye yang membuat kenyatan akhbar di The Star yang dia tidak dapat berbuat apa apa dgn apa yang berlaku dalam PLKN. Walaupun dia sendiri ingin membuat perubahan tapi tidak berjaya.
Dan ini satu lagi perbincangan tentang PENGASINGAN PERLU ANTARA PELATIH LELAKI DAN PEREMPUAN dalam PLKN.
Cuba tengok ulasan berita tentang perkara ini di sini.
Dan ini Kenyataan Lee Lam Thye, Pengarah PLKN
National Service: Let the public be the judge
New Straits Times 16 Mar 2007
By TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE,
Chairman National Service Training CouncilI WISH to clarify a number of matters pertaining to my role as the chairman of the National Service Training Council. I am making this statement in the wake of a number of comments taking me to task for any failure or untoward incidents involving NS trainees.One letter sent to me even stated that I must be made “solely responsible and accountable for any death” in an NS training camp. The writer questioned whether I had a conscience and alleged that for the sake of my “rice bowl” I had not spoken out.
Another fax from overseas, questioned whether I had the courage to admit that National Service was a failure and that it should be scrapped.
All this makes me wonder whether I deserve these criticisms, considering that I do not have executive powers and that the implementation of the entire programme rests with the director-general of the NS Training Department under the purview of the Ministry of Defence.
I do not propose to reply to all these unjustified criticisms against me. I leave it to all rational-minded Malay- sians to judge whether such criticisms are justified. The NS Training Council performs a number of duties under the National Service Training Act 2003. These include advising the minister on all matters related to NS training.
When I accepted the appointment as chairman of the NS Training Council in July 2005, I was fully aware of its difficulties and challenges.
I accepted the appointment for three reasons:
First, I regarded it as another call for national service as I have been doing national service for the past 40 years.
Second, I believe NS training is a noble programme which will benefit our youth in terms of, among other things, character-building and making them more patriotic.
Third, as chairman, though non-executive, I felt I would be in a position to convey the problems and concerns of the trainees, parents and others and help to make suggestions and policy changes for improvement.
This is precisely what I have been doing. I have always brought to the attention of the director-general and the department the grievances of the trainees and other suggestions to improve the programme.
I have never failed to take up issues concerning the welfare of the trainees and the improvement of the NS programme. These issues are also brought up at all council meetings.
When decisions are made, it is the department that implements them, not the council, which is only an advisory body.
Although my position is not a full time job, I go to the office almost daily to provide feedback to the department and offer advice to them.
Let me state clearly that I have no pecuniary interests in the NS programme other than a monthly allowance which I am entitled to as chairman.
I realise that as chairman of the NS Training Council, I am seen as the “face” of the National Service. This is because in carrying out my duties,
I have been active, constantly promoting the National Service and obliging the media for comments when necessary. My level of commitment to the National Service is a reflection of my passion for the NS programme and within the confines of the role and functions of the council,
I have done my utmost best. And I have always acted according to my conscience.