Dukacitanya tiada seorang yang terpilih untuk PLKN 2015.

Kwong Wah Yit Poh // 30th January 2015
Kwong Wah Yit Poh // 30th January 2015

Every year since 2004, 18 years-old Malaysians who have just completed their SPM examination would tremble in fear, nervousness, some with eagerness. They were either browsing the internet, SMS-ing the related department, making phone calls or checking the post box waiting whether they have received the news of “Sukacita” or “Dukacita”.

No, they are not waiting for their SPM results. These school leavers are checking whether they are selected to the National Service Training Programme or not. Usually those who are selected will receive the SMS or letter with the word “Sukacita” while those who are not selected will receive the word of “Dukacita”. Unfortunately for most of these youth, those two words means the opposite to what have been sent to them.

Most of the young Malaysians feared the National Service. Parents then would find ways to help their children to avoid the Programme. Some would find Government Officers, Member of Parliaments, State Assemblymen, politicians and numerous influential figures with various reasons to get help. Reasons ranging from health issues, family needs, pursuing tertiary education and many more. Too bad, the department implementing this National Service is very strict. Health issues have to be certified by Government hospitals or clinics. Those already begun with their tertiary education would have to come back to serve in the Programme during their long break or after they have graduated. In a way, there are not escape if one is being selected.

10 years after the inception of the National Service Programme by Dato’ Seri Najib Razak as the then Minister of Defence, he suspended the Programme as the current Prime Minister early this year.

There are many criticisms and incidents throughout the decade implementing the National Service Programme. Incompetent trainers, poorly maintained facilities, sexual assault cases, food poisonings, health issues and deaths were among the issues which was brought up to the national attention. It was all over the news media. That was part of the reason some parents have been reluctant to send their kids to the programme.

Yes, that are some of the negative parts of the national programme. And it was almost highlighted in every general conversation in Malaysians about it.

Coincidentally, I had the opportunity to meet up for coffee with some friends who have graduated from National Service Programmes and the trainers as well. We discussed about their experience in the Programme, some over coffee, some just discussion on the popular tool, Whatsapp.

There are pros and cons over the discussion. As usual, the cons were all reported in the news. The sad thing is, most people don’t really bother about the pros; they are more keen to talk about the cons and criticize whoever is the one responsible.

Maybe those who have really experienced it will be able to tell the pros out of the cons.

One of the trainees have told me that it is a good opportunity and platform to deliver several essential topics to the youth. The trainees were given mock-parliament elections in the camp, teaching them about how the election and government system works in our country; instead of being easily confused and manipulated by election campaign sentiments.

All trainees were also made compulsory to participate in community services that allows them to experience voluntary programs which benefits the poor and less fortunate communities. Probably that was one of the reason that we can see voluntary groups especially from the youth mushrooming all over the country. The volunteerism during the recent record-breaking floods have been a good example. We can see the spirit of caring induced by the youth.

Few of my friends were trainers for religious classes particularly Buddhism. They told me that the National Service Programme is one of the very few opportunities to actually teach a religion to people at such an age. These group of young Malaysians would have less likely to spend their time at a temple or religious classes during their school holidays. Popular cafes and shopping malls would be their better option then if they were not selected to National Service.

Then there are also various workshops and seminars from crime prevention to astronomy, self-confidence to unity, first aid training to self-defense classes. In general, it has also helped the young adults to explore what is ahead in their lives in terms of career other than being doctors, lawyers, engineers as encouraged in a typical Asian family.

The whole programme have also created a better understanding of cultures from different ethnics. Indirectly, it has promoted unity when they joined each other in the same activities and workshops. From the way I see, it has benefited the trainees especially those who came from vernacular schools. Some of them might not have a single friend coming from another ethnic throughout their lives. Some friends who were once trainees said that they had the opportunity to know more friends or at least communicated with people who were not of the same ethnic in the camp. They felt more confident and less fear facing the community out of their own circle after the service.

Generally, these trainers and trainees that I knew agreed that the National Service Programme still has a lot of room for improvement, but the idea of the programme is healthy for the youth and should be continued.

As far as I have heard, there is no one single trainees who have regretted that he or she attended the National Service Programme.

In my honest opinion, it was a “Dukacita” message by the Prime Minister to suspend the National Service Training Programme.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 30th January 2015.




Saudara-saudari sekalian,

Pembangunan belia dan anak-anak muda Malaysia merupakan salah satu daripada tiga teras utama di dalam manifesto saya untuk Parlimen Belia.

Pembangunan Belia


Antara langkah-langkah saya ke arah teras tersebut adalah:

– Pembangunan Belia Positif merupakan sejenis konsep pembangunan belia yang baru. Konsep ini adalah satu pendekatan yang bermatlamat untuk memahami belia secara mendalam, mendidik dan membangunkan belia secara proaktif.
– Usaha untuk memajukan dan membangunkan pendekatan Pembangunan Belia Positif ini akan diperkenalkan kepada pihak-pihak yang tertentu untuk bekerjasama agar pembangunan belia dapat dilaksanakan dengan sempurna.

– Usaha-usaha akan diambil untuk memperkenalkan bantuan dan peluang ekonomi yang dilaksanakan oleh Kerajaan kepada belia.
– Membentuk satu rangkaian keusahawanan agar usahawan-usahawan belia dapat mendapatkan maklumat, latihan, dan bantuan yang diperlukan dari segi kerajaan ataupun swasta.

– Pembangunan seseorang belia tidak dapat dilaksanakan hanya dalam program sepanjang beberapa hari atau minggu sahaja. Usaha membangunkan belia merupakan suatu usaha yang memakan jangka masa yang panjang.
– Oleh itu, sesebuah institusi harus diwujudkan hanya untuk program-program pembangunan belia. Satu program jangka masa panjang dan sesebuah pusat yang tetap mesti diwujudkan untuk proses pembangunan belia yang efektif.
– Sehubungan dengan itu, ia adalah matlamat saya untuk mendapatkan kerjasama kolektif di antara pemimpin-pemimpin belia, pihak kerajaan dan pihak swasta untuk mewujudkan Institusi Pembangunan Belia ini.

– Untuk memerkasakan belia dan memberikan keupayaan kepada belia untuk melibatkan diri dalam pembangunan masyarakat, “belia yang sebenarnya” mesti diberikan peluang penyertaan di dalam negara kita.
– Perjuangan untuk menurunkan had umur belia kepada 35 tahun secara berperingkat harus diadakan dari Parlimen Belia, Pertubuhan Belia dan juga Kerajaan. Peluang dan pengalaman untuk memimpin mestilah diberikan untuk anak-anak muda yang berumur kurang daripada 35 tahun agar pembangunan belia yang efektif dapat dilaksanakan.

Sokongan saudara-saudari sekalian untuk saya adalah amat diperlukan untuk merealisasikan perancangan-perancangan yang seperti saya impikan demi pembangunan belia dan anak-anak muda di negara kita.

Pengundian untuk Parlimen Belia secara online akan bermula pada 22hb hingga 31hb Oktober 2014.

Dengan ikhlas hati, saya ingin memohon sokongan saudara-saudari sekalian untuk mengundi saya OOI ZHI YI – PP018 sebagai Ahli Parlimen Belia.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Calon Ahli Parlimen Belia Pulau Pinang

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Saudara-saudari sekalian,

Perpaduan negara kita, Malaysia merupakan salah satu daripada tiga teras utama di dalam manifesto saya untuk Parlimen Belia.

Perpaduan Malaysia

Antara langkah-langkah saya ke arah teras tersebut adalah:

– Perpaduan sesebuah negara harus bermula dari umur yang muda. Sebagai pemimpin muda negara, Parlimen Belia mesti mengambil inisiatif sebagai peneraju perpaduan negara melalui program-program dan tindakan-tindakan yang menggalakkan perpaduan.

– Menggalakkan kerjasama di antara Ahli Parlimen Belia untuk membawa konsep kesederhanaan kepada belia di seluruh negara.
– Mengalakkan program kesedaran awam tentang kepentingan konsep kesederhanaan di negara.

– Program pendidikan nilai-nilai asas harus disalurkan melalui pemimpin-pemimpin muda Parlimen Belia dan juga pertubuhan belia.

Sokongan saudara-saudari sekalian untuk saya adalah amat diperlukan untuk merealisasikan perancangan-perancangan yang seperti saya impikan demi menyatupadukan belia di negara kita tanpa mengira kaum ataupun agama.

Pengundian untuk Parlimen Belia secara online akan bermula pada 22hb hingga 31hb Oktober 2014.

Dengan ikhlas hati, saya ingin memohon sokongan saudara-saudari sekalian untuk mengundi saya OOI ZHI YI – PP018 sebagai Ahli Parlimen Belia.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Calon Ahli Parlimen Belia Pulau Pinang

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Manifesto Kita Bersama

Salam sejahtera, rakan-rakan belia,

Belia Kita, belia Malaysia telah menjadi lebih kuat lagi, lebih berupaya sejak belia-belia yang terdahulu;

Ini merupakan jasa YB Khairy Jamaluddin dengan pasukannya di dalam Kementerian Belia dan Sukan. Idea Parlimen Belia dan pelaksanaannya telah mencapai suatu peristiwa, satu tahap di mana ia adalah berbaloi untuk anak-anak muda di seluruh negara untuk menyambut pencapaiannya.

Akan tetapi, sebesar mana kekuatan dan keupayaan diberikan kepada kita; sebagai Belia, kita tidak haruslah menyalahgunakan kekuatan tersebut. Kita mestilah menggunakan kekuatan tersebut demi manfaat dan kebaikan kepada komuniti belia di Malaysia.

Apabila Parlimen Belia bergerak dan dilaksanakan, ia memerlukan satu pasukan dan kerjasama yang kuat yang mewakili suara hati anak muda. Seseorang wakil yang boleh membawa isu-isu belia ke peringkat yang lebih tinggi. Seseorang wakil yang boleh menggerakkan dan merapatkan perhubungan di dalam Parlimen Belia dan seterusnya menguatkan organisasi tersebut sebagai suatu platform untuk mendidik, membangun dan mengilhamkan anak-anak muda.

Dengan rasa rendah hati, saya yakin yang saya mempunyai persefahaman di dalam komuniti belia ini, idea-idea bernas, dan semangat yang mendalam untuk membangunkan komuniti belia ini sebagai seorang wakil; jika dipilih.

Di dalam artikel-artikel dan infografik yang akan diterbitkan dalam sosial media saya sepanjang tempoh kempen, saya akan terangkan tiga teras utama dan lima tumpuan utama dalam manifesto saya sebagai calon ahli Parlimen Belia.

Tiga Teras Utama

  • Perpaduan Malaysia
  • Memperupayakan Belia
  • Pembangunan Belia

Lima Tumpuan Utama

  • Kos Sara Hidup yang Tinggi
  • Perumahan dan Kehidupan Bandar
  • Pendidikan
  • Pengangkutan dan Infrastruktur
  • Kemampanan Alam Sekitar

Tiga Teras Utama tersebut adalah tindakan-tindakan praktikal yang akan dicadangkan dan dilaksanakan secara kerjasama dengan wakil-wakil Parlimen Belia yang akan dipilih, dan juga bersama belia yang bersemangat dalam program-program pembangunan belia.

Manakala, Lima Tumpuan Utama merupakan suara hati dan isu-isu yang berkaitan dengan belia yang akan saya sampaikan kepada pihak kerajaan melalui Parlimen Belia.

Parlimen Belia bukanlah mengenai atau menjadi satu fokus kepada mana-mana satu individu, ia haruslah menjadi satu kerjasama di antara wakil-wakil yang dipilih bersama dengan setiap orang anak muda di negara kita. Dan anak-anak muda itu adalah KITA, BERSAMA!

Yang benar,

Ooi Zhi Yi


Manifesto Kita Bersama

Dear You(th),

Our Youth, Malaysian Youth is stronger than ever, empowered than ever;

Thanks to the leadership of YB Khairy Jamaluddin and his team in the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Youth Parliament idea and its implementation have achieved a milestone, a point for all Malaysian youth to celebrate our empowerment.

But as much as the power is given to us, youth, must not misuse the power. We must use the power for the benefit and the betterment for our youth community.

As the Youth Parliament moves forward and commence, it will need a team of collaborative and to represent the voice of the youth community. A representative who can bring the concerns of the youth up to the next level. A representative who can mobilize everyone connected to the Youth Parliament and strengthen the organization and to utilize the platform as a means for educating, developing and inspiring youth.

I am confident that I have the understanding of the youth community, the ideas and the deep passion to develop the youth community that qualifies me as one of the representative.

In my articles and inforgraphics that follows up through the campaigning period, I will explain the three pillars and five concerns of my candidacy for the Member of Youth Parliament.

Three Key Pillars

  • Malaysian Unity
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Youth Development

Five Key Concerns

  • High Cost of Living
  • Housing & Urban Living
  • Education
  • Transport & Infrastructure
  • Environment Sustainability

The Three Key Pillars are the practical action steps that I will propose and take collaboratively with fellow representatives together with a team of passionate Malaysian youth.

Meanwhile, the Five Key Concerns are voices and issues concerning the youth that I will highlight to the Government through the advocacy campaigns.

The Youth Parliament has never been about any particular individual, it should be a collaboration of the representatives and also every single youth in the country working together. And it is WE, TOGETHER.

Yours sincerely,

Ooi Zhi Yi