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National Service will be voluntary
« on: May 29, 2015, 11:39:24 AM »

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — As part of Putrajaya’s promise to revamp the National Service (NS), the programme will become fully voluntary come 2019, targeting youths who are unable to attend college or university, Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said.

The deputy defence minister was quoted by The Star as explaining that although training will resume next year, the mandatory selection of participants will be phased out starting 2017.

“In 2017, 60 per cent of the trainees will be randomly selected through online computer system while another 40 per cent will be made up of volunteers.

“It will be 50 per cent selected and 50 per cent volunteers in 2018 with the goal of seeing all trainees being volunteers by 2019,” he was quoted as saying by local daily The Star.

In his reply to a question by Jelebu MP Datuk Zainuddin Ismail in Parliament yesterday, he said that youths who are not furthering their education to the tertiary level can opt instead to participate in nation building modules and skills training through NS.

He added that the decision was following feedback obtained from 24 private companies, non-governmental organisations, government agencies and parents in a move to improve NS following its suspension in January.

Also proposed was the inclusion of skills training to prepare trainees for the job market if they do not intend to further their studies.

“Those who want to continue their skills training after their NS can do so at the skills training centres to obtain their certificate,” he said.

As part of the revisions made to Budget 2015, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the suspension of the PLKN as it would help the government to save RM500 million.

Putrajaya promised a completely revamped module next year when the programme resumes.