ALUMNI: Briged Sukarela Khidmat Negara gives ex-National Service trainees an avenue to continue voluntary service after their stint
A GROUP of National Service or "Program Latihan Khidmat Negara" (PLKN) alumni recently organised an event in Seri Medan, Batu Pahat, to generate interest in community service activities among former NS trainees.
Although these ex-NS trainees now have careers of their own, Briged Sukarela Khidmat Negara (BSKN) members continue to be active in volunteering for community programmes.
They organise and take part in such programmes to make their contributions to the community.
PLKN Alumni Secretariat chairman Mohd Syafik Mohd Taufik, 26, who is an accountant working in Kuala Lumpur, said he and 30 other BSKN members from all over the country took leave from their work to come for the programme in Seri Medan.
"Before coming to Seri Medan, we were travelling in a convoy heading for Port Dickson and Pagoh, and after this we will be going to Mersing and Pekan, Pahang, for the official closing ceremony.
"Although most of the BSKN members are now working and have careers, we are still interested in contributing to the community and BSKN is the best platform for us to organise community programmes," said Syafik.
He said, so far, 35,000 former PLKN trainees nationwide have registered to become members of BSKN and other ex-trainees are welcomed to join.
"For those who are interested to join BSKN, they can register online at its website www.khidmatnegara.gov.my or register at any PLKN camps near them," said Syafik.
Several Kem Sembrong PLKN trainees, who also took part in the event, also said they were interested in joining BSKN and once they finished their National Service stint.
For Norhidayu Bahrin, 18, BSKN is an ideal platform for teenagers like her to get themselves involved in volunteerism and leadership training which in turn would help them improve their self confidence and prepare them for the future.
"I will join BSKN once I have finished National Service training as I am interested in volunteer work. It is beneficial in building confidence and team spirit," said Norhidayu.
Another trainee Muhammad Anuar Abd Rahim, 18, said as most teenagers like him are not used to working in a gotong-royong programme, joining BSKN would benefit them.
"It is not that teenagers like me are not interested in taking part in community activities but there is no platform for us to do so. With BSKN, ex-trainees can continue to give voluntary service," said Annuar.