Saturday October 6, 2007
7,000 fail to get NS letters each year, says Lam Thye
MIRI: Between 6,000 and 7,000 national service call-up letters fail to reach their recipients every year, NS Council chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said.
Large number of letters are sent back to us from all over the country because people have moved or changed their addresses, he said.
Lee, who was here recently on a working visit, said it was very difficult for the NS Training Department to trace those who had moved.
He said those who failed to attend NS training because of this were still committing an offence because they failed to inform the department of their new addresses.
He said it was particularly difficult to contact those living in rural areas.
Lee said that around 110,000 trainees would be called up for training for next year. The first batch would start their training on Dec 29 while the last batch would end theirs on Sept 6 next year.
They will be placed in 83 camps nationwide.
Those who have changed their addresses or moved can fax their new addresses to the NS Training Department at 03-26873555.