KUALA LUMPUR: The hot and dry weather in the country now will not affect the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) 2.0 series which is scheduled to start on March 26.
National Service Training Department (JLKN) Datuk Mohmed Asri Yusuf said the training programmes, including outdoor activities, will be conducted as usual, although adjustments would be made due the hot weather.
“We will adjust the training to suit to the current weather. If the marching practice is at 2 pm, but it is not suitable (due to the hot weather), then we will not have it at that time.
“We will have the practice in the morning, and adjust other activities according to the weather,” he told Bernama when met after a visit to Wisma Bernama here today.
He said JLKN was always concerned with the health and safety of the trainees and would not force them to take part in activities during the hot weather.
Mohmed Asri said JLKN would also abide by the advice from the Health Ministry if the outdoor activities had to be cut down like during the time the country was hit by haze.
Asked if JLKN would increase the number of medical officers in preparation for any casualties during the hot weather, he said: “There are already medical officers stationed at PLKN camps, but if we need to increase the number, we will discuss this with the Health Ministry.”
A total of 20,000 trainees will join the eight-week PLKN 2.0 Transformation Programme which will start on March 26 in 81 camps throughout the country.
Yesterday, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius said in a statement that the hot weather resulting from the El Nino phenomenon could trigger heatwaves which could lead to hyperthermia or heat stroke and dehydration.
The weather is forecast to return to normal in June.