Leow loses kilos but gains friends during NS stint


KUANTAN: National Service (NS) trainee Leow Chee Yong might have lost some kilos during the three-month training programme but he was compensated by gaining a lot of experience and new friends.Leow, 18, who was announced as the recipient of the ‘Wira’ award at the end of the programme held at Hijrah PLKN Camp in Penor here recently, said he found the whole programme exciting and had no difficulty in completing the activities.

“The programme develops a wholesome attitude for the trainees and promotes unity.

se_03leow Sensational: Leow (right) receiving the “Wira” award from Abdul Hadi (left) after completing the three-month National Service programme.

“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.

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