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Chinese, Indian Participation In Army Still Low

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PORT DICKSON: The number of people joining the army from other races, especially from the Chinese and Indian community is still below expectation.

As such, Army Chief Gen Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor said continuous efforts were undertaken to attract them to join the army.

He said, while from the aspect of race composition ratio it had improved, the army hoped to add more people from those communities as taking care of the country’s security was the responsibility of all Malaysians.

“So, we hope there is more participation from other races to be with the army and serve the country. We hope more people from other races, besides Malays, because in terms of wages, it can be said it is quite high, that is from RM1,400, not including allowances.

“This opportunity should be grabbed because we are also recruiting those with diplomas, and we have taken 23 of them this time around,” he told reporters after a passing-out parade of young soldiers at the Basic Army Training Centre (Pusada) here today.

Raja Mohamed Affandi said the army would continue to increase its personnel intake to achieve the target of 4,500 recruits per year. — Bernama


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