[2488] Schooled in illiteracy

Ninety-three percent. The Malaysian literacy rate in 2009 was 93%, so says the United Nations Development Program in its latest Human Development Index report. But was it really? I began to question the UNDP finding after reading a newspaper report that 8% of the National Service trainees are illiterate. It becomes worrying after one considers […]

The Malaysian Defense Minister said that the national service might be extended.[1] He reportedly said that three months were too short a duration to develop noble character and sense of patriotism.┬áThe suggestion to extend the program is not new. The then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak himself suggested in 2007 that “one year is most […]

[1130] Of road to conscription

The real deal on the Malaysian national service is now one step closer towards its logical conclusion: A THREE-MONTH stint in the National Service is insufficient to build good character and instil discipline. At least a year is needed, says Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The deputy prime minister said the government was willing to consider […]

Amid chaos in Johor, I am hearing worrying calls for something similar to conscription. I have not heard an outright call for conscription but Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is suggesting something that comes close to that effect: PETALING JAYA, Jan 14 (Bernama) — Woman, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil will […]