Horrors in M'sian NS camp: Worms in food, clogged toilets

Horrors in M'sian NS camp: Worms in food, clogged toilets

SINGAPORE - Broken toilet doors. Clogged sinks and toilets. Broken beds and filthy pillows. And to add to their misery - worms in food.

For almost a month, about 200 young men and women undergoing national service training at Malaysia's PLKN White Resort camp in Balik Pulau, Penang, have been living in squalid and deplorable conditions, the New Straits Times reported.

They even packed their bags to leave the camp on Wednesday, but officials convinced them to return to their dorms.

They assured the trainees that their complaints will be looked into.

A brother of one of the trainees who declined to be named told The Star that he received a call from his sister on Tuesday night, asking him to pick her up from the camp.

He said: "She had told me that she could not stand the camp's unkempt condition. She even found worms in her food. It's a miracle no one came down with food poisoning."

He added she had also complained that some of the toilet doors were broken and could not be locked.

Most of the trainees are from Penang and Perak.

A source told The Star that the camp used to be one of the best NS sites when it was opened about five years ago.

"It is now so badly maintained that it can be considered one of the worst in the country now," he was quoted as saying. "Clogged sinks and toilets are a daily occurrence here. Even the broken bed frames are not re­­placed."

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