Thursday, July 3, 2008

DO NOT USE THE ARMY FOR PUBLIC ORDER DUTIES

"Army to help maintain order if need arises" says IGP, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, as reported in the mainstream media.

This reminds me of the dreadful May 13, 1969. At that time, I was serving in Tawau, Sabah, and my concern than was towards my parents who were residing at Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur. I know how my parents feared for their lives upon seeing the military roaming the village trying to enforce the curfew. My father who was working at the General Hospital, a close distant from his house, had to be escorted to work. His work was deemed essential,as he had to supervise the day to day operations of the outpatient department.

Being a retired Army officer, I would not want to be involved in a public order operations....honestly. Many will disagree with me, for they will say that Public Order training is also being taught in the Army.

My reason is simple...I have been trained to fight a war against a foreign aggressor in defence of my country...full stop! And does the public know that the Army is trained to shot to kill? That was my fear when I was commanding an Army contingent on peacekeeping duties in Cambodia in 1993...the fear that my soldiers will be trigger happy to shot down civilians during a public protest or a rioting. We have read reports of such things happening in Iraq, and the perpetrators are none other than the US military forces. How many thousands have they killed...old folks, women and children....god only knows.

And my utmost fear is that when the situation gets out of hand, sentiment will be aroused and things may get racial and religious, and we will end up being like Bosnia. This is a possible scenario , and the politicians must fully understand that the Army is composed of almost 100% Malays. I do not know much about the police.

I am totally confused as to why a joint Police/Military training need to be carried out at a time when the country is in a 'mess', caused mainly by an incompetent government filled with incompetent politicians. Please do not think for a minute that the Army will be there to save your back when the situation gets out of control. You are the cause of the problem...and you have to take account for it. Face the public with full responsibility and accountability, if you want to claim that you are still leaders of the country. And if you think otherwise, just resign and pack out.

The announcement of a joint Police/Military training in anticipation of a worsening public order and security environment is undeniably bad publicity. I am quite sure the announcement has caused public apprehension and fear and I must be honest, that I am afraid too, not only for myself, but for my children and my grandchildren.

4 comments:

captazhar said...

Well, looks like its happening.

27 NGO bantah guna tentera kawal perhimpunan
Abdul Rahim Sabri | Jul 4, 08 12:59pm. Malaysiakini

Sebanyak 27 badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) hari ini menyuarakan bantahan mereka terhadap rancangan kerajaan untuk mengerahkan anggota tentera membantu polis mengawal ketenteraman awam sewaktu perhimpunan awam diadakan - sama ada yang dijadualkan Ahad ini atau yang akan datang.

Dalam satu kenyataan bersama, mereka menyifatkan cadangan tersebut akan memberi gambaran yang salah kepada rakyat Malaysia dan dunia amnya, seolah-olah negara dalam keadaan krisis atau berdepan dengan perpecahan.

Malah, tegas mereka, perhimpunan-perhimpunan yang diadakan sebelum ini berjalan secara aman tanpa perlu kehadiran anggota tentera.

Menurut mereka lagi, ia juga menunjukkan kenyataan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi baru-baru ini bahawa keadaan keselamatan di negara ini adalah terkawal, tidak begitu meyakinkan.

"Ini akan menimbulkan keraguan mengenai kemampuan perdana menteri untuk memberi kepimpinan yang positif dan kemungkinan ada anasir dalam kerajaannya yang cuba memberi gambaran seolah-olah timbul keadaan tidak stabil untuk mencapai agenda politik mereka," tambah kenyataan tersebut.

Menurut mereka lagi, sejak pilihanraya umum 8 Mac lalu, negara sedang menujuk ke arah pembentukan sebuah masyarakat majmuk yang lebih demokratik.

"Kewujudan sebuah negara yang bebas dan adil serta mengamalkan demokrasi terbuka, adalah amat penting bagi mengekalkan keamanan dan kestabilan yang berterusan.

"Suasana itu, akan mewujudkan kehidupan yang harmoni, mengukuhkan keyakinan pelabur dan kemakmuran negara," tegas mereka lagi.

Hadir di sidang akhbar mengenai perkara itu ialah wakil-wakil NGO terbabit, antaranya Pengerusi Institut Nasional bagi Integriti Pilihanraya (NIEI), Pengarah Eksekutif Pertubuhan Bantuan Wanita (WAO), Ivy Josiah; Pengarah Eksekutif Tenaganita, Irene Fernandez; Pengarah Eksekutif Suaram, Yap Swee Seng dan Setiausaha Persatuan Wanita Selangor, Suguna Papachan.

Sementara itu, Irene berkata, penggunaan pasukan tentera untuk mengawal perhimpunan aman, akan hanya mewujudkan rasa ketakutan di kalangan rakyat.

Manakala Ivy pula berkata pihaknya akan menyerahkan kenyataan bersama tersebut kepada ahli-ahli Parlimen supaya membantah cadangan untuk mengerahkan anggota tentera mengawal ketenteraman awam.

Fuad Aziz said...

It goes to show how incapable our police forces are. Leave the armed forces alone! Its not their cup of tea for God sake. Save and except when situation is that of grave and sudden danger to the YDPA (the Agong), yes, the armed forces must come forward. Am I correct Dato'?

WaliMuar said...

Dato Arshad,

I disagree with u to say that Armed Forces should not be drag into poltical squabble in this country. The Armed Forces is the back bone of this country in term of Defence of the Realm.In peace time the Armed Forces role are very clear, however in time of needs it is within the Charter of the Armed Forces to assist the Police.(Please check the old book of The Armed Forces) which clearly dictates the Armed Forces role.

I honestly believe that this is the best time for the Armed Forces to be directly involved in the happening of the country. Lets History be created, i think the people needs a better moderator in administering the justice and peace of this country. Lets the Police know that The Armed Forces is watching closely what they are doing in protecting the interest,right and freedom of the people.Do you sincerely think the Police at all time is doing the right thing to protect the people and not bias in their action?

As an example the irrelevant clause in the Constitution has given the right to the Police to decide on gathering permit which contravene the rights of the Malaysian people to a peaceful assembly.The opposition parties would confirm and lay their testimony on this claim.

Another example is that how can a policeman investigate his boss wrongdoing when a report is lodge at a police station as required by the law.( Look at the case of Anwar Ibrahim v Rahim Noor) the police initial inquiry proves that they cant even identify who the culprit who knock Anwar, eventhough the whole PDRM knows it was their boss who did it.Do You think it is safe to inherit this "haprak system" to our next generation when we are gone.Its mean that we are not doing justice and far from being fair to the society at large.I strongly advocate that The Armed Forces must be very firm and clear in its mind and get themselves involved in the running of the country discreetly. After all " The Supreme Commander of The Armed Forces is The YDP AGONG" and the Federal Constitution does not provide this to the Police.

The Armed Forces should act wisely and tell the Police that they are willing to assist provided they are doing the right thing,according to the law and not forgetting to uphold "The rule of Law" and the "Separation of Power" in the Government that we cherish .

The Malay proverb said "Sayang kepada yang kasih,Minta kepada yang ada, Mohon kepada yang Berkuasa" its mean that The Armed Forces is much higher and stronger than the Police so dont be intimidated by anybody or be subserviant to their jurisdiction in every aspect as Akta Angkatan Tentera 1972 and The Federal Constitution have given u all the powers.

WaliMuar said...

Dato Arshad,

I disagree with u to say that Armed Forces should not be drag into poltical squabble in this country. The Armed Forces is the back bone of this country in term of Defence of the Realm.In peace time the Armed Forces role are very clear, however in time of needs it is within the Charter of the Armed Forces to assist the Police.(Please check the old book of The Armed Forces) which clearly dictates the Armed Forces role.

I honestly believe that this is the best time for the Armed Forces to be directly involved in the happening of the country. Lets History be created, i think the people needs a better moderator in administering the justice and peace of this country. Lets the Police know that The Armed Forces is watching closely what they are doing in protecting the interest,right and freedom of the people.Do you sincerely think the Police at all time is doing the right thing to protect the people and not bias?

As an example the irrelevant clause in the Constitution has given the right to the Police to decide on gathering permit which contravene the rights of the Malaysian people to a peaceful assembly.The opposition parties would confirm and lay their testimony on this claim.

Another example is that how can a policeman investigate his bosses wrongdoing when a report is lodge at police station as required by the law.( Look at the case of Anwar Ibrahim v Rahim Noor) the police initial inquiry proves that they cant even identify who the culprit who knock Anwar, eventhough the whole PDRM knows it was their boss who did it.Do You think it is safe to inherit this "haprak system" to our next generation when we are gone.Its mean that we are not doing justice and far from being fair to the society at large.I strongly advocate that The Armed Forces must be very firm and clear in its mind and get themselves involved in the running of the country discreetly after all " The Supreme Commander of The Armed Forces is The YDP AGONG" and the Federal Constitution does not provide this to the Police.

The Armed Forces should act wisely and tell the Police that they are willing to assist provided they are doing the right thing,according to the law and not forgetting to uphold "The rule of Law" and the "Separation of Power" in the Government that we cherish .

The Malay proverb said "Sayang kepada yang kasih,Minta kepada yang ada, Mohon kepada yang Berkuasa" its mean that The Arned Forces is much higher and stronger than the Police so dont be intimidated by anybody or be subserviant to their jurisdiction in every aspect as Akta Angkatan Tentera 1972 and The Federal Constitution have given u all the powers.