Friday, 28 August 2015

Be Flexible In Qualification Criteria To Encourage Indian Youths To Join Navy - MIC Youth

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 -- The MIC Youth today urged the Defence Ministry to be flexible with the minimum Bahasa Malaysia credit requirement in SPM for posts in the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM), especially for Indian youths.

MIC Youth chief C. Sivarraajh said relaxing the minimum requirement from credit to 'pass' would encourage more Indian youths to join the Navy because many were only equipped with a pass in Bahasa Malaysia.

"The Defence Ministry must relax the minimum credit in SPM to enable more youths to join the navy," he told reporters after a meeting First Admiral Ganesh Navaratnam at the MIC headquarters here to discuss the prospect of increasing the participation of Indian youths in the navy.

Sivarraajh said MIC Youth and TLDM were planning to have an open day at the TLDM base for youths to see how TLDM operated so that they too can be motivated.

Meanwhile, Ganesh said there are 59 Indian officers in a list of 2,338 TLDM officers but there were only 185 in the lower ranks among 15,208 personnel.

"We (TLDM) are targetting a five percent increase in the number of Indians joining the navy. However, Indian youths must free themselves from the negative perception of the defence sector and accept it as a career to defend the nation," he said. (BERNAMA)

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