National service and Rakan Muda events 'won't overlap'


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 01 Jul 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The national service, which begins in February next year, will not overlap with Rakan Muda programmes, said Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat. 

He reasoned that not everyonewould be enlisted for national service as it would involve only100,000 youths who had completedthe SPM. 

However,the pre-national service, previously known as theNational Social Service Programme, would always be open to youths asits leisure-based activities weredesigned to occupy their school holidays. 

“The pre-national service underRakan Muda has always been popular with youths, parents and teachers. 

“We will find a way to reconcilethe programme under the ministrywith the new national service,'' saidOng during a cheque presentationby Clara International Beauty Groupto National Kidney Foundation(NKF). 

NKF board member Datuk Dr G.Sreenevasan received the RM40,000donation from Dr Clara Chee, founder of the Clara group that helda charity drive via its facial services. 

The March 2 event entered theMalaysia Book of Records for performing 1,145 facials in a day.

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