PLKN Not Mere Cosmetic - Hishammuddin

Last update: 13/02/2015

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- The National Service Training Programme (PLKN) is not mere cosmetic but will bring about change and significant improvement.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the training programme is not all about the singing of patriotic songs and the chanting of slogans.

"The people out there want to see major changes so that we can convince the parents and their children to join PLKN voluntarily," he said at the 'On Boarding Session' of the PLKN Transformation Laboratory, here today.

The PLKN Transformation Laboratory from Feb 23 to March 26 is participated by 85 stakeholders such as the ministries, government agencies, the private sector, industry players, youths, trainers, camp operators and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Hishammuddin hopes the laboratory can find the best formula to make PLKN the platform to increase the involvement of youths regardless of race and political ideology, and to remain relevant and effective in today's world.

"The world is full of hatred, disunity, violence and murder. Via PLKN, the trainees can share their views and not easily swayed by emotion and can discuss things rationally and with maturity."

A total of 832,712 trainees had participated in PLKN since it was introduced in 2004.

On Jan 10, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the suspension of the 2015 PLKN session as part of cost-cutting measures by the government.