Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu

KLANG: The National Service Training Programme (PLKN) is being reviewed by a committee under the Defence Ministry to study its cost effectiveness and efficacy in achieving its goals.

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said a committee, which had previously worked on PLKN, was currently studying the possibility of a revived programme, similar to that of Singapore’s National Service.

“The committee is studying the National Service programme to see if it needs to be continued or otherwise.

“This is not included in the 100 days (promise by Pakatan Harapan),” he said in jest at a press conference here today.

On July 3, Mohamad told RTM in a live interview that the Cabinet was currently looking into all aspects of PLKN, including its budget, efficiency, curriculum and more.

He had said the Cabinet might discontinue the programme because of the current financial situation and if that the ministry’s review proved that it had failed to achieve its goal in creating more patriotic and civic-minded Malaysians.

Mohamad was earlier quoted as saying PLKN was developed during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s first tenure as the prime minister.

Her said the programme can be continued if it obtains the budget needed, as well as suitable modules.

The PLKN was introduced as a three-month programme in December 2003. It was later halted for a year in 2015 due to budget cuts in the government and reintroduced in 2016 as PLKN 2.0.