Malaysia Government plans to reintroduce National Service Programme
In the parliament sitting held on 24 November 2020, our Minister of Defence, Ismail Sabri Yaakob had an announcement on reviving the the National Service Programme which was abolished by the government in 2018.
It is reported that the programme’s aim is to instill patriotism among participating youths.
However, this is still subject to approval in the Cabinet and the Defence Ministry will draft out the papers to be presented at the Cabinet.
Without delay, Syed Saddiq immediately question the rationale of bringing back the National Service Programme, as Malaysia is currently facing the third wave of Covid-19 and the government should not be spending money on a rhetoric mega project which does generate other economic benefits.
Syed Saddiq also listed the amount spend on this programme for the past 12 years.
- Year 2004 – RM 608,611,160.34
- Year 2005 – RM 604,837.646.37
- Year 2006 -RM 688,242,515.94
- Year 2007 -RM 565,007,267.13
- Year 2008 -RM 643,280,274.87
- Year 2009 – RM 659,520,346.58
- Year 2010 – RM 601,266,849.82
- Year 2011 – RM 717,514,012.97
- Year 2012 – RM 691,516,980.34
- Year 2013 – RM 691,463,225.18
- Year 2014 – RM 697,205,276.73
- Year 2015 – RM 408,341,667.07
Malaysia had spent on average around half a billion annually and this amount could be put on better use on other projects which generates better economic activity.
Furthermore, Syed Saddiq had commented that the current government is insensitive about the issues that the citizens are currently facing. He too said that the staffs from the previous programme had been transferred to other ministries and there is no concerns over people being laid off from abolishment of the programme.
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