games for NS: Ongkili
Friday, 4 June 2004 (Source: The Star)
KUALA LUMPUR: Interactive computer games
have been proposed to bring fun into the classrooms of national
course of the games, the trainees would get to learn the
characteristics of the various races, the nation’s history
and topics on citizenship.
in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
said IT-based activities would add fun to the learning of
serious issues such as national integration in the new nation-building
module to be known as E-community.
trainees have said the classroom-structured modules can
be boring and one of the ways to overcome it is by introducing
more games and interactive activities.
teenagers nowadays are IT-savvy and computer games may engage
they ‘visit’ an E-community, be it a Kadazandusun village
or a traditional Malay kampung, the trainees will be tested
on their knowledge about the characteristics of the community,
have a chat with the virtual village head and so on,” he
said in an interview.
a former NS Council member heading the inspectorate committee,
is now in the Cabinet Committee on NS.
appointed minister to oversee the national unity and integration
portfolios in April.
said Mimos was sponsoring E-community while local IT entrepreneurs
were charged with developing the content.
project is under construction but I will propose to the
Cabinet that the games be tailored for the NS module.
the characteristics of the ethnic groups is a way to create
understanding among youngsters along the lines of kenal
maka cinta (you have to know a person to love the person),”
the three-month NS training stint, trainees go through four
modules – physical training, nation-building, character-building
and community service.
been discovered that most trainees preferred outdoor-based
physical training and community service modules.
said more could be done to speed up national integration
through NS, such as expanding the coverage of community
service and increasing the number of “state-exchange” trainees.
that under the inaugural programme involving some 80,000
trainees, only 473 Sarawakians and 452 Sabahans were flown
to the peninsula to undergo training, while 1,174 trainees
from the peninsula went over to the two states.
future, I hope to see at least 10% of trainees being exchanged
between East and West Malaysia to enhance integration.''