By ROSLINA MOHAMAD
“The programme develops a wholesome attitude for the trainees and promotes unity.
“It teaches everyone about cooperation and ways to achieve it,” he said when met after the function.
The fifth boy of six siblings and a scout leader from Tangkak, Johor, Leow received his award from the NS director general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil at the closing ceremony.
Leow added that during the stint, he was close to many trainees of different races and religion.
“It gives the opportunity for me to know about their culture better.
“I also learned to be more independent and gained knowledge on leadership qualities,” said Leow.
On the most unforgettable experience during the programme, Leow said it was when he tried rowing the kayak.
Leow added that there were concerns because of his weight but he managed to complete the task and was even praised for doing a good job.
Abdul Hadi, in his speech earlier, commended the trainees for completing their stint and was confident that they would become a better lot.
He also said parents would see their children as ‘a new person’ with a more positive outlook and a higher sense of patriotism.