SO certification a must for Malaysia's NS camp operators

SO certification a must for Malaysia's NS camp operators

MANTIN: All National Service camp operators have six months from now to obtain MS ISO 9001:2008 certification, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

"At the moment, only 10 per cent have the certification.

"I have asked the National Service Training Department to ensure that camp operators who have yet to obtain their certificates will act within six months from now.

"The certification will ensure that the work is done in a more systematic and organised manner to ensure the utmost quality of services," he said after visiting the Seri Perkasa National Service camp here yesterday.

He said the 79 National Service camps had obtained the certification until Sept 8, 2016.

Hishammuddin said the department had successfully obtained the certificates for all camps as well as its headquarters.

The camp operators themselves are also required to obtain the certification.

The certification for work procedures, he said, included the management of logistics, food and training.

Hishammuddin added that the revised National Service modules would be more inclusive and stress further on the aspects of unity, volunteerism and patriotism in order to ensure that unity and peace prevailed.

On the two National Service camps in Pahang and Terengganu that had been temporarily shut down for failing to comply with safety guidelines, Hishammuddin said they would not be reopened until he was 100 per cent convinced.

"We will not take the risk of opening them until we are satisfied that guidelines are followed and safety is not compromised," he added.

On a separate matter, he said his ministry was looking at whether it could add value or upgrade the current Nuri helicopters.

"We want to ensure previous incidents do not recur," he said, adding that proactive measures were being taken, including raising the matter in Cabinet.

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