No room for the heart­less in CDF

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP -

MY eyes welled up each time I watched the video of a group of young school­girls forced to wade through a muddy pool, but could not climb out at the other end be­cause the slope was too slip­pery.

It was part of the train­ing or­gan­ised for the SK Beluru and con­ducted by four train­ers and six as­sis­tant train­ers from the Kuala Kangsar Civil De­fence Force (CDF). Two pythons were thrown into the pool to ter­rify the girls and to scare them fur­ther, jets of water were sprayed on their backs.

The or­deal lasted for sev­eral min­utes. The train­ers seen or heard in the video were all men, some watched while oth­ers laughed. All 10 train­ers and as­sis­tants have been sus­pended from han­dling any train­ing pro­gramme with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Af­ter an of­fi­cial en­quiry, they should be per­ma­nently banned from con­duct­ing any train­ing and sum­mar­ily dis­missed if our CDF does not con­done any form of ter­ror­is­ing act. To pre­vent them from caus­ing fur­ther dam­age to so­ci­ety or their fam­i­lies, these men should be sent for coun­selling.

While not ev­ery mem­ber of the CDF can turn out to be a hero, there is sim­ply no room for those who are heart­less. Least of all, the sadis­tic who rel­ish tor­tur­ing young girls.

I would have run amok if it was in­flicted on my granddaughter.

YS Chan Kuala Lumpur

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