KUALA LUMPUR: The National Service (NS) Training Programme (PLKN) will remain for three months and will not be extended, chairman of the National Service Training Council (MLKN) Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe said yesterday.
He said there had been plans to extend the training period, but after a study was carried out, it was found that the three-month duration was sufficient for the time being.
“The council discussed the matter and unanimously agreed to maintain the existing system based on several factors.
“However, we allow trainees who want to extend their training or those who are not selected (for NS training) to join the programme voluntarily,” he told reporters after the MLKN meeting here.
Dr Tiki said studies were conducted by the council and also several universities on PLKN and it was found that the programme met its objective although the training was for three months.
He did not rule out the possibility of the three month training be reviewed in another two or three years.
Prior to this, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi regarded the three month training for the PLKN as too short a time to develop noble characters and foster a sense of patriotism among participants.
Meanwhile, Dr Tiki said allowance would be paid for all religious speakers at the camp regardless the number of participants in their classes.
“Prior to this, allowance is paid to the speakers only if their classes have more than 25 people.
“This is why we are having shortage of religious speakers, especially for the Indian and Chinese participants. But now, even if there are only five people in the class, the speaker will be paid the allowance,” he added.
The next PLKN series, involving 60,000 youths born in 1993, will begin on Sept 10. — Bernama