I read with disbelief the news report in the New Straits Times about the raped PLKN trainee who is suing the Malaysian Government and her former PLKN trainer Zuki Mohd for a pittance!
Is RM8,262.50 all that's worth her families shame, her self respect, pride and honor?
I am dumbfounded by the sheer ignorance of this rape victim and the apathy being shown by her family!
Excerpt from the NST news report:
On Feb 28, 2004, less than a month into training, the then 18-year-old was raped by her trainer Zuki Mohd near the camp in Terengganu.
That experience left her emotionally and physically scarred and has affected her ability to be a wife or mother.
Yesterday, she sued the Government and Zuki for negligence.
She is seeking RM8,262.50 in special damages for treatment and travel, general and exemplary damages, aggravated damages and costs.
Zuki was sentenced to 12 years in jail and three strokes of the cane for the crime.
In her statement of claim, the girl said the instructor had failed in discharging his duties and responsibilities entrusted upon him as an NS trainer.
She claimed that the Government had failed to ensure safety at the NS camp in Setiu, Terengganu.
She also alleged:
• that after she lodged the report, she was treated like a guilty person and that the Government failed to hand over the case to the police within a reasonable period after being informed of the incident.
• that a pregnancy test was forced on her without her permission and the test was not done in any medical centre.
• that the Government failed in its duty to ensure that the trainer it employed was trustworthy and dedicated.
As a result of the incident, she said she felt like a social misfit and had lost the confidence to become a wife and mother.
I pray that the authorities will give her due justice and take care of her future properly. She's just a teenager and does not know what's her true worth in the long run of her family's lineage!
The PLKN program is good for the nation in considering the impact of military training for the reserve forces of this country along the lines that are being practiced in Singapore's National Service!
Just make sure that the trainers are not predatory felons in uniform! Criminals like Zuki Mohd should be flogged in public!
The way criminals are treated with kid gloves nowadays makes me see the wisdom of the Laws of Hudud in Islamic Syaria'!
Public awareness of who are the wolves in sheepskin amongst us would act as a deterrent in knowing their ugly selfs amongst us in society!
The way these criminals faces are blocked out, pixelled out and allowed to cover their faces when the news media cover their day in court sickens me !
Why must TV3 or RTM try to cover their faces when showing the news clip on the Prime News?
Too many criminals who are on the loose out there in our society must be exposed!
The PDRM must not feel shy to expose to the public all those wanted posters so we can recognise them in our midst!
They used to have those posters in front of the police stations of this country. They are now all missing from the police station noticeboards all over the country!
Who's the smart alec responsible for this ? The public needs to be kept aware of these scum!