Najib Extends Condolences To NS Trainee's Family
National Service Training Department director-general Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said Najib, who was currently abroad, had conveyed the message through him over the phone.
He was speaking to reporters after handing over RM3,000 to the victim's father Elenchelian a/l Ramasamy, 44, at Hospital Tengku Anis, here Wednesday.
"The money is contributed by the insurance company which is under the auspices of the NS training programme to help the family of the deceased," he said.
Prema, one of 402 trainees comprising former students of Sekolah Menengah Cheras, Batu 11, died after being found unconscious in a public toilet at the Jeram Linang recreational area, near here. She was found in a seating position with her head bent downwards by a NS instructor.
The trainees from the camp were undergoing training at the recreational area since Tuesday.
Prema, 18, was said to be complaining of stomach ache shortly after dinner.
She was confirmed dead by a doctor who treated her at Hospital Tengku Anis at 3.30am.
Limbongan state assemblyman Dr Zainuddin Awang Hamat donated RM500 to her family.
Meanwhile, Elenchelian told reporters that before joining the National Service training, Prema, the eldest of four siblings, did not suffer from any chronic disease.
Arrangements were being made by the NS programme for her burial in her hometown, Cheras, Selangor.
Meanwhile, Abdul Hadi said despite the incident, the Hutan Wira Jaya training, which was compulsory for each NS trainee, would not be cancelled, but would instead be closely monitored for their safety.
The training would allow them to be resilient and strong both physically and spiritually, he told reporters at the hospital morgue.
"Each time the training is held, we have to conduct three stages of monitoring to ensure the participants' safety," he said.
At the same time, Abdul Hadi said the NS programme would review the safety level of each area to be used for training in future.
On the incident, Abdul Hadi said the cause of Prema's death would only be known following an investigation by a forensic team from Kuala Lumpur.