I read with utter disgust comments made by PAS Youth and DAP MP Charles Santiago regarding a cautionary statement by Malaysian Chief of Defence Forces, General Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal, over the racial furore brought about by now suspended former Penang UMNO divisional leader Datuk AhmadIsmail, as reported in Malaysiakini.
PAS Youth (no mention of person’s name) was reported to have said that the Army should “stay out of politics”, while DAP MP Charles Santiago said among others that “the role of the Army should be confined to barracks, and works at the behest of the government”.
Reading from the comments made by the two politicians, I can only conclude that they are totally ignorant regarding the roles of the Armed Forces. They have even failed to fully understand the reasons why General Abdul Aziz had to come out with his statement, which was plain enough for idiots like me to understand.
For the benefit of the two ignorant politicians, let me quote what General Abdul Aziz had said (as reported in all MSM) “racial issues are the most feared by security forces as they could lead to chaos”. Is there anything sinister in the 15 words statement by the General? Was he implying that the Armed Forces will shot anyone who creates chaos? What the General said is a plain and simple statement which everyone, including politicians, has been saying. General Abdul Aziz is concern and is absolutely correct to say that he fears racial issues could lead to chaos.
The maintenance of security of this country is the General’s utmost responsibility, regardless of where the threat to national security is coming from……be they internal or external. And being responsible for national security, it is wrong for the General to make a cautionary statement to the people, if he sense that some people are getting careless in what they say, that could lead to chaos and public disorder?
For the benefit of the two ignorant politicians, the Armed Forces has every right to be concern about what is happening to this beloved and blessed country called Malaysia. It is you, who seemed not to have any regards for national security. Maybe you were not born to witness May 13, and to savour the hardship caused by it. It was the poor soldiers that had to toil, sometimes not knowing where they will be sleeping, or are they able to sleep at all.
And for DAP MP Charles Santiago, please don’t ever think that the ‘Army’s role is to be confined to the barracks”. Please get yourself invited to an Army barrack to see what they actually do.