KUALA LUMPUR: A disciplinary committee has been set up to enforce regulations at national service camps nationwide, said National Service Training Council Chairman Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Fawzi Mohd Basri yesterday.
The committee is headed by the Deputy Secretary-General of the Defence Ministry Datuk Sirajuddin Salleh and made up of senior officers of the National Service Training Department and Institut Kepimpinan Warisan (IKW), which runs the NS camps nationwide.
The regulations include those on dressing, interaction among trainers and between trainees of different sex, he told reporters after a meeting with 41 camp directors at the Auditorium Wisma Pertahanan at the Defence Ministry here.
On the meeting, Dr Ahmad Fawzi said it also agreed to introduce several measures, including a logbook to record movements of both the trainers and trainees leaving the camps.
All camps have been directed to remind trainees to ensure the security of their respective tents, he added.
Dr Ahmad Fawzi also said incidents that were criminal in nature such as thefts, extortion and fighting in NS camps would be reported to the police for appropriate action.
In this respect, he said the council was happy to note that this has been done by all camp directors.
Dr Ahmad Fawzi earlier said that trainees with disciplinary problems would be sent to Kem Bumi Jati in Jalan Meru, Klang and Kem Alim in Jugra, Kuala Langat.
A total of 240 trainees will be sent to these camps. There will be 120 in each camp. These are not detention or concentration camps but it is to further 'fine-tune' these trainees, he told reporters.
In Penang, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the NS programme would not be scrapped, but its weaknesses would be rectified.
Stressing that measures would be taken to address any shortcomings, he said the Cabinet had decided that the programme be continued because it was crucial in helping to shape the future generation.
The advantages of the programme is too great, but the arising problems must be acknowledged and addressed, he told reporters after opening the Seventh Asean Health Ministers Meeting and first Asean +3 Health Ministers Meeting yesterday.