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TOPIC: The Continuation of National Service

Programme in Malaysia

ISSUE: Malaysias National Service Should Be


Continued (Contentions)

According to Ninth Malaysia Plan, National service helps to


build up character of youths by introducing the training
modules that covered areas such as physical fitness and
endurance, their roles and responsibilities in nation
building and essentials of good citizenship.
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(Ninth Malaysia Plan 2006-2010, chapter 14:


Empowering Youths For The Future, p 298).

According a research done by Norsyahrina Abdul Manaf, Professor Dr.


Bahaman Abu Samah, Associate Professor Dr. Nobaya Ahmad, Associate
Profesor Dr. Jamilah Othman, and Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence D Silva, lecturers
from University of Putra Malaysia (UPM), 227 out of 362 trainees had
the confidence to join in the physical activities such as flying fox,
abseiling and jungle trekking after the three months participation in
MNSP.
- Norsyahrina Abdul Manaf, Bahaman Abu Samah, Prof. Dr., Nobaya
Ahmad, Prof. Madya. Dr., Jamilah Othman, Prof. Madya Dr., & J. L. D. Dr.
(2013). Impact of physical training on self-confidence. Journal of social
science, 9(2), 67-72.
According to Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil,
National Service Training Department directorgeneral, a study done by physical education experts
in Sultan Idris Teachers University (UPSI), Tanjung
Malim, Perak, 504 out of 1000 trainees who were
obese had lost weight during the MNSPs pilot
project.
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(The Borneo Post, November 2, 2012)

The research done by the Malaysia National


University or UKM has found that the spirit of
patriotism of the trainees has increased to more
than 80 % after the NS course.
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( The Star, July 14, 2010 )

TOPIC: The Continuation of National Service


Programme in Malaysia

ISSUE: Malaysias National Service Should Be


Continued (Objections)

According to Fong Po Kuan, Batu Gajah MP, the amount of


22 deaths since the inception of Malaysia National Service
Programme (MNSP) proves that the programme is a threat
to the safety and health of those who taking part.
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(The Star, 9 May 2008)

According to Defence Ministry, since the Malaysia National Service


Programme (MNSP) inception in 2004, the government had spent RM5.5
billion on the programme with a cost of at least RM 7300 per trainee.
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(The Rakyat Post, 25 December 2013).

According to Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, the


Youth and Sport Minister, it was too late to
bring young people aged 18 for training for
three months which may not be sufficient
because they have already have their own
mind sets and it is difficult to change them.
- (The Sun Daily, 11 February 2015)

According to Mohd Radzi, one of the book author in


Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka (DBP), Malaysias
National Service Programme is inadequate to fully
realise the objective to create a sense of security
and defence.
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( Mohd Radzis Blog,18 November 2012)

References
1) Ninth Malaysia Plan 2006-2010, chapter 14 : Empowering Youths For The Future, p 298
2) Norsyahrina Abdul Manaf, Bahaman Abu Samah, Prof. Dr., Nobaya Ahmad, Prof. Madya.
Dr., Jamilah Othman, Prof. Madya Dr., & J. L. D., Dr. (2013). Impact of physical
training on self-confidence. Journal of social science, 9(2), 67-72.
3) Zahid: NS grads more patriotic. (July 14, 2010). The Star. Retrieved from
http://www.thestar.com.my/story/?file=%2f2010%2f7%2f14%2fnation%2f6663009
4) PLKN to introduce module to overcome obesity, physical health problems. (November 2,
2012). The Borneo Post. Retrieved from http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/11/02/plknto-introduce-module-to-overcome-obesity-physical-health-problems/#ixzz3hO8zXsKE
5) Chan L.L & Koh. C. (2008, May 9). NS programme causing too many deaths, says DAP. The
4 Star. Retrieved from http://www.thestar.com.my/story/?file=
%2F2008%2F5%2F9%2Fnation%2F20080509172929
6) Yvonne. (2013, December 25). National Service: Endangering Lives?. The Rakyat Post.
Retrieved from http://www.therakyatpost.com/allsides/2013/12/25/national-serviceendangering-lives/
7) Social interaction among schoolchildren crucial. (2015, February 11). The Sun Daily.
Retrieved from http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1326645
8) Mohd Radzi. (November 18, 2012). National service and its relation toward sense of
security amongst the youths. [Blog post]. Retrieved from
http://radzihamid.blogspot.com/2012/11/national-service-and-its-relation.html

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