Thursday, August 24, 2006

Legal Action Against 19,491 National Service Shirkers.

Legal action will be taken against 19,491 National Service shirkers. National Service Department Director-General Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said the absentees were from the 2004 series (3,933 trainees), 2005 series (7,941 trainees) and 2006 series (7,617 trainees). "We have met with the police and the Attorney-General's Chamber this morning, and all felt that a separate police report is needed for each shirker," he told reporters.

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.


Blogger FIFTH COLUMN said...

What is the government going to do? Build more prisons to house these 19,000? Have 19,000 more students with criminal records? For gods sakes the whole project is a huge waste of money and only served those cronies who benefitted from contracts to build, run and dress the students. Easiest way to siphon money from the government.

2:31 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

But then again fifth column it also requires tenders,tons of money and lucky contractors to build 'student-friendly' detention centres. Great opportunities lie ahead if only they can jail about twenty thousand young fellas!

3:12 PM GMT+8  

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