PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians will have the opportunity to give their feedback on the National Service (NS) training programme during an Open Day to discuss ways to improve it, says Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
He said the Open Day would be held at the end of the Onboarding Session Transformation Lab, which was set up on Feb 23 to improve the NS.
â€œWe want the process to be all-inclusive and to get ideas and feedback from everyone.
â€œThe Open Day will allow the public to get involved in the implementation of the new NS programme next year,â€ he said during a press conference yesterday after attending a briefing on the laboratoryâ€™s progress.
He added that on Feb 28, a special session was also held with the parents and alumni to gather their input.
The NS programme for this year has been suspended as part of cost-cutting measures which will save the Government RM400mil.
â€œIt has been three weeks since the lab started and we are at the mid-way point now. The ideas and discussions so far are very encouraging,â€ he said, adding that the discourses would run until March 26.
The discussions would include all stakeholders in the programme, from camp operators to parents and the trainees themselves.
Minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who also attended the briefing, said they were pleased with the progress of the lab.
The lab, which is being conducted in co-operation with the Defence Ministry, Youth and Sports Ministry, Pemandu and the National Service Training Department, will focus on improving the NS programmeâ€™s training module, resource management, branding and communication.