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11 September 2012 | last updated at 08:28AM

National Service evaders may face court action


ALARMING TREND: A-G's Chambers to decide on fate of candidates who skipped programme

KUALA LUMPUR: THE 3,892 National Service (NS) evaders may be hauled to court for failing to undergo the stint.

NS Training Department (JLKN) director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang said the police and the Attorney-General's Chambers would decide whether to take legal action against the errant candidates.

Previously, the evaders were required to complete 240 hours of community service and complete the stint. The number of NS candidates trying to evade the programme is alarming despite efforts to improve the programme.

Over the years, the programme had gained popularity with parents calling in to request for their children to be enlisted. Yet, Hadi said there were still some reluctant parents and candidates.

"They should come to us and discuss the problems instead of playing truant. "Exemptions can be made for those with serious medical problems as well as those in detention, imprisonment or rehabilitation.

"They can send in their appeal to the department and provide the relevant supporting documents as proof of their situation."

The NS programme is held over a three-month period, and divided into three batches in each year. Currently, there are 81 NS camps across the country, capable of housing up to 140,000 trainees.
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