Published: Thursday January 3, 2013 MYT 1:08:00 PM
Updated: Thursday January 3, 2013 MYT 3:54:21 PM
New batch of 42,000 trainees start national service
By JOSEPH KAOS Jr
KUALA LUMPUR: Parents of over 15,000 national service trainees gave their 18-year-olds an emotional send off on Thursday.
A total of 15,461 trainees out of 42,000 left in 316 buses and 20 flights to the 81 camps nationwide. The remainder will depart over the next two days.
"All trainers are well prepared to handle the programme. We have also checked all the camps and they have been certified safe," said deputy defence minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad, after flagging off 49 buses that departed from the PLKN headquarters here on Thursday.
Some 140,000 trainees will be involved in the proramme this year.