KUALA LUMPUR: All water training at National Service Training Centres (PLKN) nationwide have been suspended following the death of a trainee at the Terkok camp in Sungai Siput, Perak on March 12.
The trainee’s death is believed to have been due to the Leptospirosis virus caused by rat urine.
The immediately effective directive was issued by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said National Service Training Programme Department director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kecil in a statement here Friday.
He said the minister also decided to postpone the second group of trainees for the 9/2012 series until the situation was certified safe by the Health Ministry.
“Although, the Perak Health Department examined the camp in 2011 and found it to be operational and the Ipoh Public Health Laboratory found the water in the camp free from the Leptospira bacteria, the directive is for the safety of PLKN,” he said. –Bernama