Talks are abound that corruption is fast breeding among the defenders of our nation i.e the noble profession of the armed services. In the past, one rarely hears of reports of corrupt practice and abuse among the officers corps, and the armed service has always been looked upon with honour and dignity. But of late, this view has somewhat changed, and one will be surprise to view postings in the internet alleging corrupt practice and abuse, and of all persons, senior army officer.
If this allegation is true (and hopefully it isn’t true), the shameful act of just one person can tarnish the entire service, and with it goes the honour and dignity that is associated with the armed service since its inception.
Having served the army before and have held so dearly to the sacred pledges of loyalty to king and country, one cannot fathom how the hearts and minds of the alleged senior army officers can be so twisted and disarrayed to succumb to the ills of corrupt practices.
Civil society have all along claimed that corruption and abuse is somewhat ‘synonymous’ with politicians (not Malaysians only). There is also a saying that for one to become rich, go into politics. This may or may not be true, but that’s the perception that one has of politicians.
Now, this perception is beginning to take its roots among officers of the armed services, notably the army, and this is a scary thought.
Are they to be in a league with the Royal Malaysia Police that has come under criticism for corruption and abuse by its former Inspector General of Police, or the Immigrations Department where its top officials were roped in recently? Even the judiciary is alleged to be corrupt, and so is PUSPAKOM.
We, the retired members of the army takes a serious view at the allegation of corrupt practice and abuse among senior army officers today that has been posted in cyberspace. We plea to them to discard this dishonorable practice, and to return to their sacred pledges of loyalty to king and country.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Posted at 2.30 pm on Mar 5, 2009