KUALA LUMPUR: An integrated campaign using radio shows and public forums to disseminate information on national service to the Chinese community has been jointly launched by MCA Youth, Wanita and Chinese youth organisations.
MCA Youth secretary-general Loh Seng Kok told a press conference that the series of activities to explain national service to the community was necessary because many people still had a lot of enquiries, judging from the phone calls received by the MCA.
“Many trainees and parents are seeking more information or advice to solve their difficulties.
“For example, some trainees asked if they could join national service in the earlier batch in February rather than a month later. Some are worried because they have yet to receive a reply to their deferment application,” he said after a meeting at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Loh said that for a week from Monday, speakers would go on air, moving from one station to another to talk about national service in radio shows and take call-in enquiries.
He added that a forum featuring panel members from the national service training department and council would be held at Dewan San Choon, Wisma MCA, at 7.30pm on Tuesday.
Loh said the group also hoped to get more Chinese youths born in 1986 to volunteer to join the national service, adding that vacancies were expected because some selected trainees were eligible for deferment.
“It is not true that some 5,000 Chinese youths would be applying for deferment because they are still studying in Chinese independent schools.
“We have checked with Dong Jiao Zong (the Chinese education movement in charge of such schools) and there are only about 800 students eligible for deferment,” he stressed.
MCA central committee member Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the party had appointed two national service co-ordinators in each state to handle public enquiries.