KANGAR: Ahmad Harizal Ahmad Fauzie who made headlines in May for being the first person to be convicted for dodging national service was all smiles at the end of his three-month NS stint yesterday.
Ahmad Harizal from Kampung Titi Serong in Kayang, said he found the NS training tough at the beginning but gradually adapted to life at the camp.
“I used to miss my mother and three brothers, but the hectic schedule took my mind off home.
“I learnt a lot of new things. My favourite was the marching drill. But I hated the jungle exercises because it was really uncomfortable in the bush,” said the farm boy after the closing ceremony at the Tasoh Beseri Camp yesterday.
Ahmad Harizal was among 1,045 trainees who completed their NS training at three camps in Perlis. The other two camps are at Tasik Meranti and Guar Chenderai.
The 19-year-old, who worked in padi fields to help his divorced mother make ends meet, had to spend a night in a police lockup when he could not pay the RM600 fine imposed by a magistrate’s court for skipping NS training.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim came to his rescue by paying the fine for him.
On Shahidan’s recommendation, Ahmad Harizal was accepted into the Malaysian Building Academy in Jitra, Kedah.
The academy’s chief operating officer Zainal Abidin Ishak has assured the boy of a job after he completes his studies.
Ahmad Harizal has two more months at the academy before he graduates.
“I am really looking forward to starting a new life then. I hope to get a good job to support my mother and siblings,” he added.