Ex Servicemen Association President, Dato Mohamed Ghani was reported to have said that politicians are to blame for not giving assistance to ex servicemen, supposedly because these ex servicemen do not support the politicians (NST online,Sept 27).
I wonder whether Dato Mohamed Ghani knows what he is taking about. Don't he realised that he is himself a politician (a failed one), who should equally be blamed for not heeding to the problems faced by ex servicemen, before he points the blame upon others. In fact, I did in an article posted on September 19, 2008 titled 'Is the Armed Forces so ignorant' highlighted the plight of a disabled soldier named LCpl Maarof bin Ahmad, who for the past 16 years did not receive any form of monetary compensation or contribution from the Armed Forces. This soldier had in fact approached the Ex Servicemen Association for assistance but there was nothing that the association did to help the soldier. The soldier is a life member of the association whose membership number is 2407, and can be contacted at 017-6235113. And for the information of Dato Mohamed Ghani, I will soon be writing to the Chief of Army, highlighting the plight of LCpl Maarof bin Ahmad, and a copy of the letter extended to the Ex Servicemen Association.
I would also like Dato Mohamed Ghani to read another article that I had posted on September 16, 2008 titled ' Persatuan Bekas Tentera Malaysia' to understand what ails the association. Although I am not a member of the association, this does not mean that I have disassociated myself from the ex servicemen. In fact, I now have more time to look into the affairs of ex servicemen, and to assist them, to the best of my ability. An each time I meet them, they all have nothing good to talk about the association.