Published: Tuesday January 22, 2013 MYT 1:35:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 22, 2013 MYT 3:44:42 PM
NS camps to hold "elections"
By PATRICK LEE
SEMENYIH: National service (NS) trainees will hold mock elections in all 81 camps this year, mimicking the general election.
Calling it an "election simulation", NS Department director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said the programme would be similar to the university polls.
"We're going to use the camps as a platform to show how the political process works outside the camp," he told a press conference at Setia Ikhlas NS camp.
He added that trainees would be divided into two groups, carry out campaigning and even nominate and vote for their peers.
Abdul Hadi said the programme was not designed to create young political leaders but to educate the trainees on the election process.
"We're worried that youths today forget or aren't too aware of the democratic process of how leaders are appointed," he said.
Camp supervisors, he added, would be trained by the Election Commission to oversee these polls.