Monday, June 26, 2006

It's Compulsory To Report For NS Training, Says Najib

Candidates selected for the National Service (NS) programme have been warned to report for training or risk legal action, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Monday. The Deputy Prime Minister said: "We have given many chances to NS dodgers.This is a requirement under the law for them to participate in the programme. "The programme is not burdensome but beneficial to them, so don't give excuses not to take part in the programme," he told reporters after launching the aerospace segment of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA 07) Exhibition.

He was commenting on the refusal of many NS candidates to participate in the programme from the 2004 and 2005 batches and in the latest NS series where this week nearly half of the candidates had not reported for training. Nevertheless, he was confident the registration of the latest batch would pick up after his statement. "I've not received the figures but normally the number of trainees will increase after the first week," he said.

Najib said entering university or the authority's plan to introduce firearms training using M-16 rifles for the latest batch of NS trainees were not the reasons for the drop in registration. "Actually, they are keen on shooting's optional," said Najib, who is also Defence Minister.

Of the 27,089 NS trainees asked to report for training under the third series of the programme this year at 77 training camps nationwide, only half have registered so far. A total of 11,874 NS candidates from the 2004 and 2005 batches who have still not reported for training, are given until July 17 to do so, failing which their names will be handed to the police for action.

**** In one of my earlier posts on this subject I had mentioned that parents and their children could not be bothered with the NS. They feel that the government is bluffing and nothing will happen to them if they absent themselves. Perhaps this is one of the fallouts of the 'elegant silence' strategy of the leadership? Click here to view the related post.


Blogger cheng sim said...

unfair unfair unfair.
how come they don't have firearm training during my batch! i dunno why most teens don't insist of going to National Service. i mean, i had like the best time of my life! totally awesome


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