Senate: PLKN Achieves Target And Must Be Continued - Abdul Rahim

Last update: 30/04/2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- The National Service Training Programme (PLKN) has met its target and must be continued to develop the character of the young, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said a Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia survey showed that 85 percent of 60,000 respondents believed PLKN had succeeded in fostering patriotism and unity.

He told Senator Zaiton Mat Amin at the Dewan Negara here, the study which covered communities nationwide in 2009, also concluded that the modules used met the aim of PLKN in preparing youths to serve the country.

Zaiton wanted to know how far was PLKN effective specifically in boosting patriotism in the young.

Abdul Rahim said to ensure the PLKN curriculum stayed relevant and effective, the four core modules, namely, character building, nationhood, community service and physical fitness would be retained, boosted with the stress on the patriotic spirit and volunteerism.

Since it was introduced in 2004 until last year, 752,643 PLKN trainees had been trained at an estimated cost of RM550 to RM650 million, he added.