I wish to support Muzammil Daud (You ain't gonna take my little girl) and PT Tan (Perhaps parents should boycott NS) to seek the government's ears to revisit how the National Service should be carried out. Yes, not all can endure this type of training, that is why NS is not compulsory for girls in many countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, etc. Girls joined voluntary.
My question is: what is the objective of such training? The whole concept is neither here nor there. Is there a need for them to defend our country? If it is solely for the defence of the country, three months is of course not sufficient. Moreover, the training curriculum is not designed for such a purpose.
Most countries that embark in NS programme have it solely for the defence of the country because of their low population and as such they cannot depend solely on their regular/professional soldiers. The duration for such training requires a minimum of two years, followed by enlisting them in reserve units ready to defend the country when threaten.
The reason for NS in Malaysia is for racial integration. I personally think that there are much better ways to do this. The most important, of course, is to re-look at our education system. Racial integration has already been destroyed by our education system. The quotas for getting into universities, special preferences for loans, etc, are designed for a certain race - all these my children have fully understood.
Studying hard is the only way for them to succeed - which I fully agreed - because the playing field is tilted against them. There is no way they can compete equally. Now the government wants to force this racial integration down the throats of the parents and their children. It is a pure wasted of our resources, which again I am very sure benefits a few. Not the children, if you know what I mean.
NS is poorly planned from the beginning. The basic requirement to ensure one is ready for military-style training is to conduct a complete medical examination. This fee should be on the our government's accounts. Such an exercise should be done by the Defence Ministry. Why get the private enterprise to do a military job? It just makes no sense. Of course, if you want the 'private enterprise' to benefit...
Racial integration must be done in school. But we need to change the teachers' mindset because they are already racists. My children can shared their own experience far better than me.