I believe the Army is now in good hands. This is the impression I get from my conversation with a number of serving army officers whom I met recently. They say that the army leadership is now more focus in its primary duties of defence and security. Issues relating to the welfare and well being of soldiers and their families are being given due attention, especially the provision of better housing for the families. Gone are the days when soldiers, particularly those working in Kuala Lumpur and in large towns, have to stay in rented homes that sometimes resemble those of some Romanian gypsies?
Back in the early days, I as a young duty officer would be asked to visit the homes of our soldiers that are living in rented homes, and I sometimes wonder why have they to live in such dilapidated homes and in such unhealthy surroundings, despite them having to sacrifice their lives for the country. For those who served throughout the period of the 60’s and 70’s would know what I mean.
There is also very little that I hear now of the corrupt practices among officers that have been so rampant in the past, and I attribute this to the realization among the current leadership that this disgraceful act has to stop. I deem those who were involved in corrupt practices in the past, regardless of the magnitude, is so lucky not be caught. Let me remind those who still have the urge to indulge themselves in corrupt practice to be weary of their dastardly acts. There is nothing more disgraceful than to be apprehended for the act, and be shamed for life.
I know personally most of the top echelon leaders of the army today, and I think they are out to cast off the poor image of the army, that has been caused by some leaders of the past. I say this with utmost sincerity, and I am glad that some have even vowed to put back the army to its glorious past. Religious awareness too is also given serious attention by some commands.
It is heartening to hear from a lot of officers that the ‘screaming and yelling’ is over. There is greater openness and discourse between superiors and subordinates. I am also told that officers are now forbidden to take off for a game of golf during working hours, and at no time will they be seen playing with contractors. This is something that should have been enforced many years ago. My only hope is that such a ruling will remain in force forever.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION