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Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Coming Soon::PLKN Bhg 2



The 2nd season of the PLKN will begin soon. The 2nd year of the PLKN will see another batch of some 84,000 selected youths involved. 28,000 of these youths willl begin their programme on 13th Dec 2004.
There were plenty of teething problems last year, with transportation mishaps, fights in tthe camps, food of poor quality and in some camps, insufficient in amounts, even an alleged rape case [trial still in progress], a couple of accidental deaths and other minor fracas. Damages to universiti kampuses and public instituisi of higher learning went into the million of ringgit.
Recently it was revealed that literally thousands of weapons and dangerous tools were seized from the 41 PLKN camps nationwide. These were left over by trainees of year 2003/04.
The discovery of these weapons and tools indicated that the year 2003/04 trainees were indeed an ill-disciplined lot. Among the offensive weapons were Rambo knives, steel chains, hammers, scissors and tweezers. These offensive weapons were used to damage windows, campbeds, toilet bowls, washbasins and furniture. Of course the taxpayers ended up footing the bills for these damaged items. One of the main aims of the PLKN was to instil discipline into these trainees, instead the camps may have provided training grounds for the trainees to hone their skills at fighting and extortion.
PLKN deputy director-general Omar Abd Rahman is quoted as having said that they found about 16,000 trainees from the year 2003/04 programme had brought the offensive items to the camps and the kampuses. Now this is certainly a shocking figure as it meant that almost 20% of the trainees entered the camps bringing along weapons! With the new session starting soon, the authorities concerned must be extra vigilant to ensure that such a thing is a thing of the past or no parents would feel that thir children are safe in these camps.
The PLKN deputy director said for the new session, two safety and discipline manuals, which outline strict punishment for offenders, will be issued to trainees. More important is to ensure that steps are taken to ensure safety and that any punishment meted out is carried out fairly.
It looks like things will be slightly different for the trainees in this new session. Last year those selected and wanted exemption on medical grounds had to get a medical examination and report on their own to prove their medical conditions, this session trainees will receive medical examinations, inclusive of a pregnancy test for the ladies, before they start their training.
Lets hope that there will be less problems for the trainees this time around. The PLKN had plenty of feedback and time to rectify the teething problems encountered last session.



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