All about NS: Part Two
Batch Info: Program Latihan Khidmat Negara: Kumpulan 1, Siri 4/2007, Kem Puncak Permai, Bau.
Part One: here.
Mercilessly, the second day at camp was what we have all dreaded for — the haircut. All of us were at the mercy of three barbers. Whether we liked it or not, all of us walked out of that classroom-turned-barbers’ sporting crew cut hairstyles. Agh! My head heats up like a frying pan in like, 5 seconds of exposure to sunlight! As weird as it felt at first, it does allow more ventilation through the scalp, which is a good thing, not to mention I only used up a fraction of the tub of shampoo I brought.
That afternoon itself, the uniforms and its accessories and whatnot were given out. We were most excited though, to receive the infamous blue shade-striped camouflage combat uniforms. Or whatever that is called. Other uniforms were the class and sports uniforms. At the end of the visit to the logistics, we would be hugging large sacks of clothes back down to our dorms.
Then came the time where we had to design flags, come up with slogans and goals for our Company. It was the Kontrat Kita Janji, or more famously known as KKJ. Go figure. XD The Delta flag were designed by Harry as you can see in part one. And we came up with the slogan ‘Agi Hidup, Agi Ngelabat’ which basically means ‘fighting to the end’ in Iban. The goals, were well, those boring old stuff, you know, those derived from the objectives of NS.
Best thing since sliced bread
I really wanted to mean that one of the best parts of NS were the character building classes, under the character building module. While being ‘classroom based’ would create the notion that ‘it’s gonna be hell’, the teachers would have proved us dead wrong.
That said, if you haven’t met an NS trainee that had come skipping towards you, breathlessly telling you how the CB classes have been the best thing since, er-sliced bread, let me be the one. ‘Cos they’re so damn fun!
Jason, Yan Pin and I were assigned to class PK7 with about 60 others and were led by Cikgu Faridah Ani, or just Cikgu Ani. But we often just called her Cikgu Honey anyway. XD She is one cute and chubby teacher, so much in fact, that she would go leaping around when everyone were in high spirits, a sight we just couldn’t get to see enough. Don’t we all just miss her..aww.
Activities, games, quizzes, drawing, cheering, you name it. All crafted into the module, which in my opinion, had really succeeded in getting everyone in a class of 65 seventeen-year-olds to participate fully.
There were two sub-modules, Module one was ‘Bringing the best out of yourself’ and two was ‘Bring the best out of others’. During the last day of module one, Cikgu East told us to give our gratitude to Cikgu Ani for there will be a reshuffling of teachers for the next module. A sad song was played. She gave in to tears and the girls followed suit. It was emotional. Cikgu Ani was a good teacher, she never failed to make the class cheerful. A cute and dedicated teacher. We’ll miss her a damn lot.
We argued if there was any way Cikgu Ani could be reassigned to our class. We even begged her to ask to remain in this class. Cikgu Ani said she couldn’t promise she would succeed in doing so. She told us the jurulatih CB’s will have a meeting that afternoon which would finalize the new classes they would be assigned to.
Next morning, Cikgu Ivy and Siti and Cikgu Sani were waiting for us in class. It was the first day of Modul 2. While dancing outside the classroom, we searched for Cikgu Ani and found her with PK1. We waved our hands to say goodbye. It was sad to see her in another class. So the class started and the 3 new teachers in our class introduced themselves. They managed to cheer us up despite us trying to get Cikgu Ani back.
Then they told us that they had to attend to a technical problem at the Bilik Gerakan which was just beside our class and just left us alone, all three of them. Seconds later, to our great delight, Cikgu Hani and Cikgu East came running back and entered our class while we cheered out throats off in joy to see her back.
It turned out to be a huge ploy! Everything was flawless. Cikgu Hani herself told us that she herself didn’t know about the ploy until their 3pm meeting yesterday, that would explain why she cried yesterday!
Ah, well enough of Class CB stories.
God..there are so many things to cover. I could go on writing but I’m sure you wouldn’t wanna read everything anyway. Words make a post look unattractive, in all it’s irony.
After the CB classes, the Kenegaraan classes followed. And they were dead boring. I was assigned to KN2 with the charismatic Cikgu Sani as our teacher. He is the favourite motivator among the jurulatih’s. But he wasn’t all that as he was on stage while in class. To add up to the dismay, out of a total of about 30 LDK’s (Group activities) in the Nation Building module, only one or two were actually fun. Like Jo said, it’s like making a usually boring activity like memorizing election procedures more attractive by making us cut and paste cards thus failing miserably at doing so.
Feel the heat, people! Sports was one of the most heated events during camp life. After the Company Games commenced, there had never been a quiet evening. The games involved were Speak Takraw, Volleyball, Table tennis, and Netball. And because all these contributes to the overall company marks, winning does matter. So it was a battle between Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. And it was fierce.
There was a designated event for every evening, if nothing pops up. Everyone would gather at the respective courts and cheer as their team fought on. The spirits were always high and it’s amazing how strong the company spirit could be. All of us, regardless of race or origin, cheered on for the sake of the company as one. Pretty sensational I must say.
The Competing Spirit
Other than sports, the Companies compete in every other activity in camp. There’s the obstacle course, which consists of 9 obstacles, the 6-feet wall, 10-feet wall, Monkey Rack, Tarzan Swing and so on.
There were also water sports such as rafting and kayaking, held at the camp’s very own man made lake.
I represented my platoon for rafting and along with 19 others, rowed our way to second place in the wira category. Though we didn’t excel in water sports, as they aren’t exactly our major.
But mind you, we were the proud champions of the most prestigious cup of National Service, the marching competition! XD The wira Delta platoon is notorious within the camp for being the ones with the worst discipline. We took lead in practically everything involving punishments.
We led in demerit marks, draging the the Delta company down in overall marks within the first few weeks, we bore a record number of smokers, the firsts to get punished for smoking were from our platoon, the worst dorm layouts were Delta dorms, we were practically a pain-in-the-ass for the jurulatih’s and yet..we won the marching competition. Which ironically, the core aim of marching is to instill discipline and teamwork in each and every member. Go figure. XD
Nonetheless, we were ones with the biggest smiles that night of the prize giving ceremony.
Stay tuned for part 3!
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