Youth find National Service 'cool'

National Service Training Department director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said since early this year, around 1,300 teenagers volunteered for the conscription-based National Service and the numbers continue to increase.

"We believe that parents are now more aware of how their children would benefit from the training programs, so they encourage their children to participate."

Abdul Hadi added that in contrast to when the National Service has introduced five years ago, parents and their children were now more accepting of the program.

And one of the main indications of the change in attitude is the rise in the number of parents giving their consent for their children to undergo firearms training.

"In previous years, most camps received about 96 percent consent rate from parents. But this year, the rate has increased to between 98 and 100 percent," said Abdul Hadi, adding that the first camp to receive 100 percent parents' consent was the National Service Camp at Teluk Sari, Endau in Mersing.

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Youth Chief, Hisham steps aside

His announcement yesterday paves the way for at least two candidates, Jerlun member of parliament Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir and former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Khir Toyo, who announced their intentions to contest the post if Hishammuddin did not seek re-election.

"Mukhriz and Dr. Khir have offered themselves as candidates once I had decided on my position in the party.

"After leading the Youth wing for 10 years, it is time to make way for someone else. This December, we will let the process take its course. I will not defend my post," Hishammuddin, who is also the education minister, said at the ministry yesterday.


The US wants more troops in Afghanistan

It is the first time the Bush administration has made such a commitment for 2009.

Gates, speaking to reporters on his way to Muscat, Oman, from a NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, said President Bush made the pledge at the summit on Thursday.

Bush was not specific about the number of additional troops that would go to Afghanistan in 2009, Gates said. The United States now has about 31,000 troops there - the most since the war began in October 2001 - and has been pressing the allies to contribute more.


Microsoft and Yahoo's never-ending game

Many rumors have popped up since the software giant proposed to buy Yahoo up 3 months back. Micheal from TechCrunch investigates. Micheal "Lots of reports today on the Microsoft-Yahoo negotiation, which is now in its third month of drama and appears to be being negotiated primarily through the media. The WSJ in particular is serving as the court of popular appeal via very controlled leaks from both sides.

Yahoo’s key message is that they want a deal to happen but at a higher bid than the 62% premium Microsoft originally offered. Microsoft’s key message is that the economy has gone south since their original bid, and if they make a new offer it’s going to be lower, not higher. Importantly, they are also threatening to simply walk away from the deal."

More details at Wall Street Journal

Via TechCrunch