The National Service programme was introduced in 2004 with the main objective of enhancing inter-ethnic relations amongst our youths.
It was made mandatory by a cabinet decision on the same year and a National Service Act was approved by the parliament. Those who refused to attend the 3-month program can be charged in courts.
After committing so much resources to the programme (almost RM500 million a year), I am NOT so sure if the programme is successful in bridging our social gap.
In contrast, we do not have to spend any money if we can do away with racial politics and race-based political parties. It is first class hypocrisy to watch politicians shouting 'national unity' but blindly championing their communal rights (and a tasteless display of keris) as well.
How much more do we have to pay for their hypocrisy? Billions of ringgit more and hundreds more lives? Until when do we need to play their scapegoats?
Photo:Mohd Rafi Ameer, the latest victim who lost his life to national service. RIP.