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Thursday, September 11, 2003


National Service Programme :: Trial Run

In the trial run of the National Service Programme NSP out of the 120 who voluntarily signed up, there were 40 Indians, 79 Malays and only 1 Chinese! This was reported in Utusan Malaysia. This trial run is to evaluate the programme curriculum and look for any deficiencies and weaknesses. The trial run is to be held in Kuala Nerang, Kedah. Najib, the Minister in charge of the NSP implementation is naturally unhappy with the response of the Chinese. He explains that this is why the programme has to be made compulsory. But as far as information available to date, it wil only be compulsory for those selected independentally by the computer programme.
The MCA responding to the disappointing number of Chinese participants says that it should not be used as a measure of what will happen when the actual programme is implemented. MCA Datuk Chor Chee Heung feels that with all his party is doing presently, all will go well when the time comes and the Chinese will participate fully. The MCA wakil rakyat and its Youth and Wanita wings are said to be actively explaining things to the members and grassroots and there has been no protest against the NSP.
Kopitiam talk-talk is different from what Datuk Chor has to say; the talk talk is about the lack of information regarding the NSP, what will the course be like, how will the youths be looked after, will the training be too tough and strenous for them, will they be able not to have their mental health affected and so on. Basically the parents are worried for their sons and daughters, basically it is fear of the unknown. As implementation of the programme is just a short while away, could Najib and the Information Ministry come out with a media blitz to provide full information regarding the NSP.



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