PEKAN: The law will only be used as a last resort to get trainers for the national service programme, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
We have seen the lack of non-bumiputras in various programmes conducted by the Government.
As such, we may need the law to have a more proportionate number among the races.
However, this will only be used as a last resort, he told reporters at a Umno Hari Raya open house here yesterday.
Najib was asked to comment on a statement by social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye that using the law to get trainers for the programme would be unwise.
Lee said this following an earlier statement by Najib that the Government was giving two weeks for the public to volunteer as trainers or the law would be used to compel them to serve.
Asked again on the matter yesterday, Najib said the Government hoped the people could be convinced that this was a matter of national interest and something that they could do to contribute to nation-building.
He said one reason there were few non-bumiputras taking part in government programmes was because that were few non-bumiputra trainers.
So now we are trying to achieve that and we want to allay their fears as well.
We will try our best to get youth bodies and political parties to help us out, said Najib.