Friday, January 21, 2011

Snip, Snip, Snip

A male Sikh National Service (NS) trainee is refusing to continue with his NS training program, claiming he has been traumatized after his waist-long hair had been shorn by between 50 and 60 centimeters and was now shoulder length – this happened while he was asleep on Sunday. Basant Singh has never had his hair cut since he was born in accordance to the teachings of his religion.

Basant had lodged a police report on that Sunday afternoon itself regarding the incident at the Sungai Bakap NS camp in Penang. On Wednesday, Basant told a press conference that “I am not satisfied by what has happened and do not want to continue with the program… I want the authorities to investigate and take action against those responsible.”

And the authorities were prompt. The Malaysian Insider (Webpage told of an internal investigation that found no malice was intended towards 18-year-old Basant.

If hair was snipped off from a sleeping person – obviously it was intentional. And if so, how can there be no malice? Basant too had alleged that the camp commandant had stated that this was something "normal" done by "naughty youths" (Webpage, posted January 18).

"I don’t have confidence in them (camp authorities). I am also scared more harm would come to my son… My son kept his hair for 18 years. In just two weeks, (most of) it is gone”, said Surinderpal, the boy’s father.

This is a joke of Malaysian proportions!

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