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KUALA LUMPUR: Students who receive offers to pursue studies in Form Six, matriculation colleges, public and private institutions of higher learning are allowed to defer their National Service (NS) training.
National Service Training Department (JLKN) Director-General Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said the decision was made with the consent of the Defence Ministry and Education Ministry.
However, he said, the students would be required to attend the NS Training Programme (PLKN) after they completed their studies.
It was also agreed that 35 would be the age limit for participants to join the NS training, he told reporters after launching the movement of NS trainees under Group 2 Series 9 to their respective training camps at Wangsa Maju here today.
Programme 2 Series 9/2012 of PLKN, which began today, involved the movement of 53,348 trainees nationwide using 906 bus, 46 flights and nine ferries to be carried out in three days.
Today's movement involved 19,300 students, 324 bus, 29 flights and a ferry.
On students waiting for their Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) results, expected to be released in September, Abdul Hadi said they could apply to join the NS training.
Abdul said that a study was conducted by JLKN early this year, which involved taking the Body Mass Index (BMI) of 32,032 trainees to identify the suitability of physical activities for their needs.
After 10 weeks, 397 of the 2,502 participants who were categorised as obese and 207 of the 4,003 fat participants, managed to reduce their weight, he added. -- BERNAMA