Camp heads can exempt NS trainees on health grounds

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009

MUAR: All national service training camp commandants can defer or give exemption to new trainees with health or medical problems.

National Service Training Department director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil, however, said the trainees must submit supporting documents from government hospitals.

“We are allowing commandants to defer or exempt those with health or medical

problems because we don’t want any trainee to have health problems in the camps,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting the Nasuha National Service Training Camp in Pagoh near here yesterday.

Abdul Hadi said commandants were also allowed to take volunteers who wanted to join the programme after they were certified healthy by the hospitals.

He said 1,970 trainees or 4.5% of the current intake of 31,079 have been granted deferments or exemptions.

Abdul Hadi said the department had also been receiving applications from parents who wanted to enrol their children for training although they were not selected.

He said more than 1,000 such applicants were received last year, but the department could only accept 540 due to limited space.

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