Monday, 1 April 2013

NS camps in security zone area remain closed. #LahadDatu

Two National Service (NS) camps in Sabah which were closed due to the attacks by foreign militants will only re-open once the security situation there returns to normal, says NS Department director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil.

He said that the Bagai Budi camp in Sandakan and the Shan Shui camp in Tawau, which are located in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) area, had been closed until further notice.

“We will consider re-opening the camps for training when the situation in eastern Sabah is stable,” he said after seeing off 450 NS trainees in Ayer Keroh here yesterday.

Abdul Hadi said that the two camps had been temporarily closed after parents raised concerns over their children's safety after news of the Lahad Datu incursion broke out.

He said 142 trainees originally slated to train at the two camps had been transferred to five camps in Selangor and Malacca.

“Another 846 trainees from Sabah will only undergo training at a later date, while 516 trainees, located in the Esscom area, are unaffected,” he added.

A total of 42,000 trainees from the second batch of this year's NS programme are headed for 79 camps nationwide.

The third batch is expected to begin training in August.


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