SIBU: The Sarawak branch of Ex-Royal Malaysian Navy Association has proposed that the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) be renamed simply as the ‘National Service Programme’.
Its chairman Thomas Ling regards the three-month programme involving students who have just completed their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination, as ‘very important’ in instilling patriotism in and strengthening the unity among the various races in the country.
He suggests that the programme adopt the two-year ‘National Service Programme’ practised in Singapore, in order to get youths to be really involved in national service.
Ling was speaking at the 10th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Ex-Royal Malaysian Navy Association Sarawak branch held in a hotel here yesterday.
Ling, who is also the deputy president of the national association, said they are ever ready to assist the government in activities meant to benefit its members, veterans and Sarawakians who are currently in the military service.
The association was formed about nine years ago.
According to Ling, the association does not receive any grant from the government – the cost of running the association is shouldered by the committee members and also through public contributions.
“Hence, we earnestly hope that the strong support and cooperation from every member would help raise money for the ‘Warriors Fund Raising Campaign’ to help needy members.”
Ling also said the association would want to see more Sarawakian youths be recruited as cadet officers in the Armed Forces.