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Friday, June 23, 2006
my experience in National Service

Before I upload NS photos here next week, I'd like to share an article with all of you. This article will be posted in my former school magazine (Gema Bakti)


         The National Service Programme (Program Latihan Khidmat Negara - PLKN) has been organised by the Ministry of Defence Malaysia since January 2004. Apart from improving our physical and mental endurance, the main reason for the government to carry out this programme is to enhance unity among the multi-racial communities in the country and to mould young people into patriotic citizens. There are about 80 National Service camps all over the country. During the programme, all trainers are known as "Cikgu" whereas male trainees are known as "Wira" and female trainees are known as "Wirawati".

         The year 2006 is a special and exciting one for me. I had been chosen to participate in the National Service Programme at Kem Rekreasi Pertanian Teluk Sari, Mersing in March 2006. Honestly, it was really a hard time for me to adapt myself there at first. I had to cope with homesickness, had to follow daily routines, and had to do a lot of chores alone, without getting any help from anyone. However, when I started to mingle with friends from different races, religions and educational backgrounds, I started to familiarize myself with the situation there. I think I was very lucky to be chosen to undergo my training at Kem Rekreasi Pertanian Teluk Sari as I was told that it is a four-star-rated camp. The camp compound is very large (in comparison with other NS camps), the food is not bad, the panorama is beautiful, and all trainers there are very friendly and helpful.

         During the National Service Programme, we have been divided into four teams: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta. Each team consists of approximately 130 trainees. I was placed in the Delta team.

         Generally, the National Service Programme is split into four modules : Physical module (Fizikal), Character Building module (Pembinaan Karakter), Nation Building module (Kenegaraan) and Community Service module (Khidmat Komuniti). In the physical module, we have to undergo a lot of activities, such as Obstacle Courses (Kembara Halangan), Jungle Trekking (Kraf Hutan), Drills (Kawat Kaki), Navigation (Navigasi), Hand to Hand Combat (Tempur Tanpa Senjata), First Aid (Pertolongan Cemas), High Rope (Tali Tinggi), Low Rope (Tali Rendah), Water Sports (Aktiviti Air), Creative Sports (Sukan Kreativiti) and many other activities every weekday. Teamwork is needed to complete these physical activities. I personally like the Obstacle Courses and High Rope the most. To complete the Obstacle Courses, we have to cooperate with one another to pass nine obstacles (including Tarzan Swing, Monkey Rack and 12-feet-wall). On the other hand, in the High Rope, we have been given an opportunity to play the Flying Fox, Abseiling and Repelling. Apart from that, Water Sports such as kayak and rakit are sometimes quite enjoyable too.

         The Character Building module and Nation Building module are classroom based. We have to enter the class every weekday from 9.00am until 12.30pm. Character Building module comprises two sub-modules. The first sub-module is Bringing Out The Best In Me while the second sub-module is Bringing Out The Best In Others. Both these sub-modules are meant to shape leadership qualities among trainees. From the Character Building module, I learnt to make decisions accurately, trust my friends, set my targets in life, and be more creative in my works.

         When the Character Building module had ended, the Nation Building module was started. There were a lot of activities and group discussions in this module. From there, we had been exposed to the importance of unity among people of different races and religions. There are four elements in the module: Land (Tanah Air), Citizens (Rakyat), Government (Kerajaan) and Sovereign (Daulat). From these elements, we had been taught about the government and political system of our country and our responsibilities to the nation.

         In the Community Service module, we had been divided into 26 groups. Every group would go to different places every Wednesday and Saturday to serve the society. Apart from doing voluntary work at villages nearby, I got the chance to visit several governmental and non-governmental departments which I may not have an opportunity to visit them again in the future, such as Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat Desa Bina Diri, Pusat Pemuliharaan Burung Kuang, Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (LKIM), and Jabatan PERHILITAN. Other than that, under this module, those who volunteered to donate their blood were given a chance to do so in a blood donation campaign organised by the Pejabat Kesihatan Mersing.

         I was told that there would be a lot of competitions among teams and a jungle trekking and camping trip (Wirajaya) at the end of the National Service Programme. It was a pity that I had missed the chance to join them as I had to leave the camp one month earlier to further my studies in Form Six. However, I may say that these two months experience was a very fantastic one for me. So, to all my juniors in SMKJKA, if you were chosen for the National Service Programme, don't be afraid, it will certainly be an enjoyable experience for you!

Written by : Tan Shing Cheng
Former student of SMKJKA (2005 Batch)

Posted at 12:44 pm by shingcheng

December 25, 2008   11:09 AM PST
hi there ^_^
i'm feelin' very excited & adrenaline is rushing to every parts of my body as I can't wait 2 be d next ns trainee myself.
fyi, i'll be in grp 1/ 2009.
i'll 'serve' at rachado bay camp, n9.
thanx 4 sharing ur ns experience.
December 4, 2007   02:46 PM PST
as far as i m concern, that is not true...
if u join plkn, u'll know, those cases of death (as reported in newspapers) are isolated cases...
it's a great fun to have the opportunity to join plkn...

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Name :
- Tan Shing Cheng
Gender :
- Male
Race :
- Chinese
School :
- SMK Jalan Kolam Air
- SMK Dato' Bentara Luar
Date Of Birth :
- 28 Nov 1988
Age :
- 18
Location :
- Batu Pahat, Johore
Affiliation :
- Malaysian Red Crescent Society (Batu Pahat)
- St. John Ambulance Malaysia (Pontian)
Nickname :
- Sh|NgCheNg
Zodiac :
- Sagittarius
- 99592583 (Very seldom use it)

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A visit to Kukup + birthday celebration 
A visit to Penang 
Blood Donation Campaign 
Genting trip 
How to apply to participate in PLKN 
Huo Yuan Jia 
Malacca trip, SMKA & SDBL Sports Day 
Minyak Beku 
My experience in NS 
My opinion on MOE's decision 
PBSM new members welcoming party 
PBSM new members welcoming party (SDBL) 
Pictures taken with teachers 
PLKN pictures 
Pesta Karnival Tahun Baru Cina 2006 
Speech during Prefects' farewell party 2005 
SPM books for sale 
UKM camp 
Victor's birthday party 


january 02 ---> yi yong
january 04 ---> chong jui
january 06 ---> jin hui
january 11 ---> melissa
january 13 ---> yi hong
january 19 ---> yann tyng
january 22 ---> wen xin
january 25 ---> seang mei
january 30 ---> yu wen
february 01 ---> chang pang
february 02 ---> cynthia
february 07 ---> teck sun
february 12 ---> poon chuan
february 19 ---> huey yng
february 23 ---> wee hann
february 25 ---> fong yee
february 29 ---> zhen liang
march 02 ---> lih ju
march 04 ---> liu bing
march 05 ---> shin yuan
march 04 ---> liu bing
march 05 ---> shin yuan
march 10 ---> hoon ngo
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march 11 ---> chung hauw
march 14 ---> huie ching
march 16 ---> yu pin
march 16 ---> you choon
march 17 ---> wan sin
march 17 ---> karen
march 21 ---> han jie
march 22 ---> pei chin
march 25 ---> siam pine
march 27 ---> ting ying
march 27 ---> ying yinn
april 04 ---> huey jun
april 06 ---> sin yee
april 11 ---> ting wei
april 13 ---> polly
april 15 ---> poh wei
april 20 ---> cheng yong
april 23 ---> sook jia
april 24 ---> bih shya
april 26 ---> wei siong
april 28 ---> chaa chian
may 01 ---> xuan xuan
may 05 ---> joan
may 13 ---> swee leng
may 17 ---> wan chee
may 17 ---> soot ling
may 16 ---> evonne
may 24 ---> kim yeong
june 02 ---> seek chuan
june 05 ---> yeen shuang
june 06 ---> ya zhi
june 15 ---> boon long
june 16 ---> meng jian
june 19 ---> kok li
june 19 ---> beatrice
june 20 ---> peggie
june 23 ---> shirley
june 26 ---> yah lee
june 28 ---> kai june
july 01 ---> chee hau
july 02 ---> phei yee
july 02 ---> xue xian
july 04 ---> jessica
july 05 ---> joey
july 06 ---> mandy
july 13 ---> jia shyan
july 14 ---> xian hui
july 16 ---> meng jian
july 25 ---> pao ling
july 26 ---> pey ling
july 26 ---> mei fang
july 28 ---> jian yang
july 29 ---> alvin
july 30 ---> yi shan
august 10 ---> nimal
august 14 ---> su min
august 15 ---> jun lim
august 24 ---> jun hao
august 29 ---> see yong
september 11 ---> chia sin
september 11 ---> vincent
september 14 ---> yih ying
september 15 ---> mei li
september 15 ---> eng ee
september 16 ---> jeng fong
september 16 ---> cik faridah
september 16 ---> yan ning
september 17 ---> yivon
september 19 ---> wendy
september 20 ---> xin ying
september 21 ---> yu bin
september 24 ---> jye yin
september 27 ---> wee teck
september 29 ---> wei wei
september 29 ---> puan salbiah
october 01 ---> yinn xi
october 01 ---> yi fang
october 02 ---> mr. soh
october 05 ---> li lin
october 06 ---> yong chong
october 08 ---> peggy
october 08 ---> wendy
october 09 ---> heng yap
october 10 ---> yon hui
october 28 ---> kian ming
november 01 ---> lip kee
november 04 ---> yi jun
november 06 ---> kai chin
november 06 ---> yow cheng
november 12 ---> chia hwee
november 13 ---> yew jin
november 14 ---> hafiz
november 16 ---> vanessa
november 20 ---> huie chian
november 21 ---> hwai hock
november 28 ---> shing cheng!!!!!
november 29 ---> yih neng
december 02 ---> mrs. chua (choo)
december 02 ---> hui gee
december 05 ---> su ling
december 10 ---> shelvi
december 19 ---> cheng hong
december 19 ---> chai wei
december 24 ---> d'hann
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