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Saturday, May 23, 2009
Recruit dies just after booking out
Sat, May 23, 2009
The Straits Times
By Teh Joo Lin
AN ARMY recruit leaving Pulau Tekong on a ferry on Thursday night after booking out of camp became delirious during the journey to the mainland.
After Mr Liam Kai Zheng, 19, got off the boat at the Singapore Armed Forces' ferry terminal in Changi, he was taken in an ambulance to the Changi General Hospital, where he died nine hours later yesterday morning.
Paramedics had found him unconscious at the foyer of the terminal with an abnormally high pulse rate and temperature. The cause of death is still being determined.
Another one bites the dust. My condolences to the boy's parents. 19yrs of blood n sweat in raising him, taken away from them forever while he's serving National Service. Wad's wrong with our young Singaporean men when quite a number are collapsing n dying so abruptly these days??
I hope this boy's death has nothing to do with wadever "activities" he has to engage juz b4 book out. I for one, experienced pretty bad "activities" b4 when i was serving my term. Sergeants in the BMTC are not the nicest ppl around. If their mood is gd, they let u haf an easy book out. Otherwise, i guess the whole bunk is gonna get fucked up so badly dat u dun even haf the strength to carry ur own bag pack to book out.
They noe after booking out, u'll be free from training, so they make u "pay" for the rest u're gonna get during the weekend when u're out of camp. Yeah, dat's how screwed up their mentality can be.
When I was in my unit during the trainee phase, it was once again hell b4 book out. Standby area, 100 push ups. Then book out. Yeah, it made me physically stronger, but it oso made my vengence stronger. For those who can take it, good. But for those who can't, i saw their faces turn pale n they looked half dead.
Wad i can say is ur life is very much in the hands of the sergeants dat are in charge of u, who are usually young commanders not older than 23yrs of age. If u haf a gd one, then u're lucky. If not, gd luck.