SUBANG JAYA, March 28 — University students on a long break can volunteer to join the police or military corps in a new programme aimed to bolster patriotism among youths.
“From now on students taking a break can volunteer for say the police cadet or the army or under the Defence Forces Department,” Minister of Higher Learning Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh told reporters today after opening the 21st Education Summit here.
“It will be good to teach them patriotism,” he added.
Details of the programme are scant right now. Putrajaya is expected to reveal more about the programme in September.
Just 10 days ago the government said students will no longer be compelled to attend National Service training and can opt out of it under the revamped National Service Training Programme (PLKN 2.0), the National Service Training Department said.
According to The Star, National Service Training Department director general Datuk Mohmed Asri Yusof said that trainees who have a change of heart while at the camp as well as those with health problems will not be forced to stay on.
As such, only volunteers would now be selected for the revamped programme.
The revamped programme consists of two phases. The first phase focuses on life skills and promoting unity, which will last for eight weeks.