KUALA LUMPUR – The National Service Training Programme (PLKN) 2.0 will be held as scheduled in January next year, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein told Parliament today.
The government, he said, had no intention of postponing it considering the success of its Transformation Pilot Project held last Oct 17.
He said the PLKN 2.0 pilot project involved the participation of 470 trainees, with 369 of them participating in the programme voluntarily.
“I think it has to be maintained, but all quarters have to work together to make the programme a success for the sake of human capital development of our future generation,” he said in reply to a question from Nasrudin Hassan (PAS-Temerloh).
Nasruddin suggested that the programme be shelved for another year so that it could be further improved. He also wanted the government to table the outcome of the PLKN Transformation Laboratory.
The PLKN programme, involving an annual allocation of RM400 million, had been shelved for a year following the government rationalisation of its expenditures and to allow a review and upgrade of the programme.
To a question by Tan Sri Annuar Musa (BN-Ketereh), Hishammuddin said the current economic landscape the main challenge for the ministry to maintain implementation of PLKN 2.0.
The ministry, he said, was closely working with 20 other ministries and agencies for inputs that could be channeled to PLKN that would not involve additional cost to the affected ministries and agencies .
“Among them, we are looking at existing infrastructure at the affected ministries and agencies that can be used.
“Through this cooperation also, we are able to provide opportunities for PLKN trainees who did not get the chance to go to institutions of higher learning to take up vocational and technical training at skilled institutions,” he added.- BERNAMA