More are keen to join Malaysia's NS, says Department

More are keen to join Malaysia's NS, says Department
Abdul Hadi (second left) getting insight from The Star’s assistant news editor Zulkifli Abdul Rahman on how the news is put together during his visit to Menara Star.

PETALING JAYA - More people are volunteering to join National Ser­vice training despite not being initially chosen to participate, said the National Service Department.

According to its director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil, the department receives an average 3,000 to 4,000 applications each year from those who were left out of the list.

"We have seen an increase in these applications since 2009.

"However, due to limited space, we could only accept about 2,000 of these volunteers," said Abdul Hadi during a courtesy call to Menara Star yesterday.

He said many now know the benefits of the training and want to get involved in the three-month programme that sees about 150,000 young Malaysians being called up each year.

He added that typically though, only about 80,000 turn up as many ask to be exempted for various reasons.

Abdul Hadi said over the years, the department had implemented many measures to ensure the faci­lities at the 80 camps nationwide meet safety and comfort standards.

On its expectations for training camp operators, he said contractors risked having their contracts terminated if they continuously fail to meet requirements.

"So far, 13 contracts have been terminated since 2001.

"What we want is for the safety and comfort of the trainees to be guaranteed so the programme will be more effective," said Abdul Hadi, who added that when it came to food, operators had to abide strictly by the menu prepared by the Health Ministry.

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