DISGUSTING............this is the only word that I can describe the brutal 'ragging' of an army trainee that was shown on prime time TV3 news at 8 pm tonight (Feb 1, 2009). This calls to question the entire training scheme that this trainee had gone through; who is responsible for the training and what supervisory measures are in place to oversee the conduct of the training. From what was shown, it was obvious that there had been a lapse in supervision by a training officer, or was the officer himself involved in this barbaric act of torture of a young army trainee. This is not Abu Gharib, and in my 34 years as an army officer, and my involvement in training, I have never seen nor come across such extreme brutality.
This is not the first time a similar incident of 'ragging' of such proportion had happened in the army. I personally know of a similar case of a young officer undergoing training was severely beaten up by his trainers, to the extend that this young officer still retains the scars of such beating on the back of his body. Apparently, the officers-in-charge of the training had connived in keeping this dastardly act from being known by the superiors. I challenged those who know of this particular incident that happened 2 years ago, to come forward to reveal the truth.
One is also to be reminded of a similar incident some time ago that happened to some air force trainees, and another of the army commandos.
I urge the Chief of Army to fully investigate the incident immediately, and to place those responsible under close arrest, to facilitate a full investigation. I trust that the investigation team are officers of high integrity, and must be fully independent reporting direct to the Chief of Army himself.
If the culprits are found to be guilty, the only sentence that I can think of, besides them being discharged dishonorably from the armed service, is to incarcerate them to prison.
I am also reminded of a recent statement by the Chief of Defence Force when he said that the Armed Forces are in need of young men to join the armed services. With this dastardly incident, I wonder if any young men would consider making the Armed Forces their career, particular in the army.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Posted at 21.50pm on Feb 1, 2009