Govt looks into reintroducing PLKN

Mindef plans to revive the programme as it shows positive impact it had in shaping patriotism among the youth

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THE government mulls over the reintroduction of the National Service Training Programme (PLKN), which was abolished in 2018, to continue instilling patriotism among youth.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said while PLKN was abolished in 2018 by the Pakatan Harapan government, the ministry is planning to forward a proposal to the Cabinet for the programme to be revived based on the positive impact it had in shaping patriotism among the youth.

During a winding-up session at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, Ismail Sabri said the Public Service Department offered jobs through soft landing and contract basis to 1,394 former PLKN trainers who were placed at various agencies and ministries.

“The appointments aimed to provide financial support for trainers who lost their jobs when the PLKN programme was terminated.

“The former trainers are placed at various government agencies and ministries beginning 2019 and throughout 2020,” he told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Former Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman announced in August 2018 that the programme, along with the National Civics Bureau (BTN) programmes, would be abolished.

In July, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof mentioned that the government was planning to introduce a programme to replace PLKN and BTN, of which its structure was being finalised and would be tabled to the Cabinet.

Mohd Redzuan also said the programme would emulate and combine the syllabus and training between PLKN and BTN, which consisted of patriotism, the constitution, nationhood and racial unity.

Under Budget 2021, the government announced a RM15.86 billion allocation for the Ministry of Defence (Mindef), of which RM11.35 billion will be utilised for operation expenditure and RM4.51 billion for development expenditure.

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