Dept hopes to achieve zero-accident rate for NS programme

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KUALA LUMPUR: A zero-accident rate is the main objective of the National Service (NS) Training Department for its national service programme.

Several steps have been taken to ensure that the department, which has been running the programme since the last seven years, achieves this goal and that parents do not worry about the safety of their children.

Deputy Defence Minister, Datuk Dr Abd Latif Ahmad, said the national service programme had several modules that involved physical activities and outof- camp movements and as such trainees’ safety was a very important aspect.

“The zero-accident rate is one of our themes and we will ensure that training, modules and camp environment are healthy and safe,” he said at a news conference.

Abd Latif yesterday visited Temasya Rimba Templer,Rawang, National Service camp to see the intake of 421 trainees from Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang and Perak.

Males numbered 223 and the rest were females.

Some trainees met said they were happy to have the opportunity to participate in the first group of the 7/2010 series NS programme.

A trainee from Serdang, Soleh Nubli Muhd Ramli, said he did not expect his desire to participate could come true and looked forward to personal development in the future.

“I hope that after this I am more disciplined,” he said.

R Bavithita from Kajang was glad for the opportunity.

“I am glad for the programme and hope it will lead to better time management,” she said.

Ng Huey Yee from Ipoh hoped the NS programme would provide various experiences that were not normally available in school.

“I can’t wait to make new friends and also handle a weapon,” Ng told Bernama. — Bernama