[RIP] Recruit dies just after booking out


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xtemujin

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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.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/the+Straits+Times/Story/A1Story20090523-143297.html
 

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It is sad to hear such news.

Is there a secretive chemical warfare experiment going on in the camps or is it due to the weakened immune system young people have these days?

I wish it is the latter.
 

drakon09

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I assure you there's no chem warfare experiment going on.

The training safety regulations and regime are tons stricter than what they were a decade ago, and even more so compared to two decades ago.

At the same time, medical screening today is far far more advanced than what we had back then.

Are the youths of today less resilient than youths of the 80s and 90s? I don't know myself
 

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Gone Too Soon

Like A Comet
Blazing 'Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon



My condolences to his family.
RIP.
 

Lolrence

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There are plenty of cases that go unreported in the news...
 

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before people jump to conclusions about paranormal activity and conspiracy theories, do remember that he might have had an underlying condition that caused his death. just because he's young doesn't mean he wouldn't have had such underlying conditions.

let's see what the coroners report will say, seeing how this can be classified as a case of unnatural death, unless his medical records show that he had a pre-existing condition that may lead to such a consequence.
 

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It is sad to hear such news.

Is there a secretive chemical warfare experiment going on in the camps or is it due to the weakened immune system young people have these days?

I wish it is the latter.
must remember le tekong also got other supernatural factors. :sweat:
 

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There seems to be a couple of NS related deaths due to "underlying medical condition" every year... Maybe it's time for a more thorough assessment of medical condition before putting folks to training camps...
 

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Curse of the Tekong island :p. There are certain degree of danger in every trade, it is just a matter of how high or how low the possibility an accident can occur. Army is just one of the place where accident is more common. I have seen one of my platoon mate who have height phobia so strong that he just cannot move at all on the jacob ladder, when he finally attempt to move, his leg is too jelly to support his body weight. As a result, he did a leg spilt on the ladder when he took a step down, his balls landed straight onto the log. then twist and fell right onto floor with head first. The best safety is to learn from past mistake and keep improving the system. Human error can always occur anytime and anywhere unexpected. If you watch the cup soup commercial (Forgot the name). Even a regular office worker can be killed by a shredder :D
 

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There seems to be a couple of NS related deaths due to "underlying medical condition" every year... Maybe it's time for a more thorough assessment of medical condition before putting folks to training camps...
Unfortunately a lot of "underlying conditions" are extremely difficult to detect, especially if the person in question non-symptomatic at all.
 

drakon09

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Curse of the Tekong island :p. There are certain degree of danger in every trade, it is just a matter of how high or how low the possibility an accident can occur. Army is just one of the place where accident is more common. I have seen one of my platoon mate who have height phobia so strong that he just cannot move at all on the jacob ladder, when he finally attempt to move, his leg is too jelly to support his body weight. As a result, he did a leg spilt on the ladder when he took a step down, his balls landed straight onto the log. then twist and fell right onto floor with head first. The best safety is to learn from past mistake and keep improving the system. Human error can always occur anytime and anywhere unexpected. If you watch the cup soup commercial (Forgot the name). Even a regular office worker can be killed by a shredder :D

Ouch...
 

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Curse of the Tekong island :p. There are certain degree of danger in every trade, it is just a matter of how high or how low the possibility an accident can occur. Army is just one of the place where accident is more common. I have seen one of my platoon mate who have height phobia so strong that he just cannot move at all on the jacob ladder, when he finally attempt to move, his leg is too jelly to support his body weight. As a result, he did a leg spilt on the ladder when he took a step down, his balls landed straight onto the log. then twist and fell right onto floor with head first. The best safety is to learn from past mistake and keep improving the system. Human error can always occur anytime and anywhere unexpected. If you watch the cup soup commercial (Forgot the name). Even a regular office worker can be killed by a shredder :D
wa piang...what happened to him after that?
 

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Unfortunately a lot of "underlying conditions" are extremely difficult to detect, especially if the person in question non-symptomatic at all.
actually not really true if they actually comb thru someone's history and run extensive tests...but the screening process seems to be about getting them in and out asap.:dunno:
 

yanyewkay

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I assure you there's no chem warfare experiment going on.

The training safety regulations and regime are tons stricter than what they were a decade ago, and even more so compared to two decades ago.

At the same time, medical screening today is far far more advanced than what we had back then.

Are the youths of today less resilient than youths of the 80s and 90s? I don't know myself
i would say it's neither. just that the press wasn't that efficient 2 decades ago.
THese days news get around very fast
 

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Sometimes the soldier isn't careful himself (no offence to anyone). There was this guy in my COY who hit his nuts on a tree root while he was getting into a prone position during fire movement practice. He din check clear the area before he prone. His nuts swelled and he was evaced to the Tekong medical centre and eventually heli-evaced to hospital on the mainland. The last i heard he got 6 mths ATT C.
 

gymak90

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Being a NSF now, actually there are many safety checks and regulations in place.

But seriously, collapsing at SFT will be the last thing anyone would think of. If it was heatstroke, the symptoms would have shown long before he booked out. And taking the ferry can't be physically demanding.

Then again, the press is sometimes unfair. The news gets reported primarily because he collapsed while wearing a uniform. And people link it to the army. If he collapsed while wearing civilian clothes, in a shopping centre, maybe it would won't even be reported.
 

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