Legal Action Against 19,491 National Service Shirkers.
He said this was to make it easier for the police to investigate, and speedier for the AG's Chamber to initiate prosecution. To date, the department had completed 939 files on the shirkers for the police report so that they could be prosecuted under the National Service Act, he added.
Abdul Halim said the department would first take action against National Service non-excused shirkers who returned their reply cards to the department. There were 7,803 of them. He said action against 12,305 trainees whose draft letters were returned by Pos Malaysia due to incomplete postal address had to be postponed. "We find it difficult to track them down, so we focussed on those with valid addresses," he said.
He said the department had filed police reports against the National Service shirkers on Aug 9 2004, and a total of 2,814 trainees had been investigated. Abdul Halim said the department was currently updating its postponement and exemption data of NS trainees whose letters were returned back by Pos Malaysia.
**** By right none of these shirkers should complain, as the authorities have been extremely patient and have given them many notices and reminders as well as ample time to respond. Of course by the time the cases are prepared and taken to court and prosecution effected, most of these shirkers would probably have retired and looking after their grandchildren.