Starting with the intake end of years 2009, individuals who refuse to participate National Service Training Program (PLKN) will be compulsory for community service to replace the prison sentence and fines.Director General of National Service Training Department (JLKN), Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said the new penalties are in line with the amendments National Service Training Act 2003 which came into force 1 November last.Conference House of Commons June 16, 2009 approved the Bill PLKN (Amendment) 2008. “Trainees who fail to report themselves to escape imprisonment and fine, but they be sentenced to community service for not more than 240 hours. “This penalty will take effect after the draft law was approved by the Senate,” said Abdul Hadi told reporters at the launch movement Trainee PLKN in Penang International Sports Arena on 16 June 2009. Prior to this, a trainee who fails to attend the program PLKN to a fine not exceeding RM3, 000 or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both. “JLKN still looked serious even though the number of trainees who fail to report themselves are small compared to those who have undergone PLKN which is 417,000 people. Although this amount is small, JLKN still view this matter seriously and if they have problems to follow PLKN, they can apply for exemption as do 62,225 trainer since 2003.I think this punishment is very suitable for people who didn’t participate of this government programme. It is because the fine imposed before this is very hard to be resolved by people who are mostly students.
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