SAF MO scolds sick NSman: You can only report sick if you collapse!
Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012
The shocking incident took place yesterday evening at around 4pm at Maju Camp along Clementi Road. All combat-fit NSmen have to go for regular IPPT tests failing which they will have to go for compulsory RT sessions till they pass.
According to a lengthy email we received from NSman Mr Yang which was also forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office, he felt giddy and was about to faint during the training and was told to fall out by his Physical Training Instructor:
“During and after the initial exercises, I felt giddy and was about to faint. Before I collapse, I decided to inform the PTI (Physical Training Instructor – Army personnel) about my status. I informed the PTI that I am unable to contiinue. I requested to ”report sick”. The PTI advised me to fall out and to see the MO (Medical Officer) just to be ‘safe’.”
When he was sitting at the Medical Center, the MO saw him and shouted at him rudely:
“I was sitting down on a chair when the MO walked directly in front of me. He looked down on me while he stood there and stared at me in a hostile manner. He then shouted, ”What do you want? This Medical Centre is not for anyone to report sick. You can only report sick if you collapse during training! You should have just told the PTI that you want to fall out!'”
After being examined by the MO, Mr Yang was told that he was feeling giddy because he was having a fever and was given an excuse from RT.
Before Mr Yang left the medical center, he was confronted by him again:
“Shortly after I walked out of Maju Medical Centre, the MO rushed out and shouted at me to stop. He then asked me in a condescending manner, ”What is your RANK and NAME? Are you unhappy?” He appeared hostile.”
A spate of deaths among NSFs and NSmen during training exercises and IPPT/RT sessions this year raise serious questions about the SAF’s training programme.
Unfortunately, with no genuine and credible opposition in parliament to hold the Defence Minister accountable, NSmen like Mr Yang have little choice other than to vent their frustrations online.
Read Mr Yang’s full letter here