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Tuesday January 14, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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MALACCA: Four National Service (NS) camp operators have been given 18 months to upgrade their hostel facilities to the latest standards set by the authorities.
NS Training Department director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said the camps, one each in Kedah and Malacca and two in Pahang were told on Jan 1 to start building larger dormitories for female and male trainees.
“At present, each dormitory can only accommodate seven to eight trainees at a time, and it is not suitable for training. The new facility should be able to accommodate between 25 and 30 trainees,” he told reporters after visiting the NS Hutan Rekreasi training camp in Ayer Keroh here yesterday.
Abdul Hadi said larger dormitories would ensure a more balanced racial composition among trainees.
“Trainees occupying each dormitory would have 60% Malays, 28% Chinese, 10% Indians and 2% from other ethnic groups,” he said.
Asked if the trainees would need to be relocated during the upgrade, Abdul Hadi said it would be decided later when the operators have finalised the dates, duration and details of the required work, pending the department’s approval.
“The operators are not allowed to conduct upgrading work that would compromise safety, training and other needs.
“The operators will risk having their contracts terminated if they fail to complete the upgrade in time, or if the outcome is not according to the given standards,” he said.
Abdul Hadi noted that the operators of the four camps – one of them in Kuantan, Pahang – that has been ordered earlier to stop operations for not complying with safety guidelines, would bear the costs of upgrading.
Abdul Hadi also said that trainees would have their Chinese New Year holiday from Jan 30 to Feb 2 and applications to extend the holiday are not allowed.
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