Many have wondered why I have been 'off the air' for quite some time now. Some even thought that I have absconded; but believe you me, I am still around wondering what next to write.
Actually, since moving to our new home at Sering Ukay, Ampang, I accounted some difficulties in getting good internet connection with my Jaring wireless internet. My neighbours says that they get better internet connection using Streamyx, and I am yet to have that installed.
Army recently saw the promotion two officers whom I believe have the necessary prerequisite to be given higher command positions.
Firstly, Mej Jen Dato Ahmad Hasbullah Nawawi who is promoted to the rank of Lt Jen and assumes the position of the Army Field Commander. Hasbullah is only in his late 40's and with many more years to serve. Those who have served him would say that he has the potential to lead the Army in the years to come. I view the choice of Hasbullah as the Army Field Commander as apt, and a step closer to the exulted post of the Deputy Army Chief.
Secondly, Brig Jen Dato Razali Hj. Ahmad who is promoted to the rank of Mej Jen and holds the position of the 3rd Division Army Commander. I was told that Razali was initially earmarked to serve as the Malaysian Defence Attache to Indonesia. I really do not know what was the reason for Razali to be earmarked for that posting, knowing full well that the post has always been held by an officer of the rank of Colonel. It has been rumoured that Razali's initial posting to Indonesia was an attempt by Army to keep him off the promotion line in favour of some other officers. If this rumour is true, it is indeed a mischievous attempt by the powers that be to ignore Razali's seniority and service, and sets a dangerous precedence on future promotions that is based on favourites and cronies. I applaud the decision of the Armed Forces Council to disregard the practice of favourites and cronies in the selection and promotion of officers to higher command positions.
It was also rumoured that the incumbent Deputy Army Chief was to assume the post of the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces Headquarters (previously held by an Air Force officer), and to be replaced by the Army Field Commander. Had this posting been implemented, it is deemed to be in contravention to the norms in the succession of command, whereupon it is the Deputy Army Chief who will assume the post of Army Chief when the latter retires, believe to be in the next few months. Having to replace the Deputy Army Chief at this late juncture conjures undesirable perceptions of 'favourites and cronies' that does not augur well for the future of the army.
'Favourites and cronies' is a sad phenomenon that has taken shape in the army today, and I believe it is a direct result of officers who have lost their true sense of military professionalism, and are now driven by uncontrollable greed.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION