I have long harbored the idea of forming an association comprising of sons and daughters of members of the Malaysian Armed Forces; both retired and serving. It all started some time ago when I met a group of young ladies having their evening tea together at KLCC; one of whom is the daughter of an Army colleague of mine. I greeted her and she then introduced me to all her friends who to my surprise are all daughters of officers of the Malaysian Armed Forces. All of them are doing well in the career, and this triggered the idea that why can’t these young people get together to form a larger association. I would like to look at the example of ANAK, a highly successful association formed by children of FELDA settlers.
ANAK is actively involved in voicing the plight of all FELDA settlers, in particular issues that affect the management of all FELDA schemes throughout the country. Whilst we recognize that FELDA was created to provide opportunities for Bumiputra’s participation in the plantation industry, it is now saddled with a number of problems caused primarily by gross mismanagement, abuses and possibly corruption by unscrupulous FELDA officials that have gone unnoticed for so long. Recently, FELDA settlers had brought cases of mismanagement by FELDA officials to the courts, resulting in the courts awarding large monetary compensation to the settlers. I believe new cases will emerge in the not too distant future that will pose a challenge for the newly minted FELDA’s Chairman.
I have been talking to a number of people whose fathers have served the Malaysian Armed Forces. I found that many are doing well in their career, and are holding high positions both in the public and in the private sector. I am not suggesting that this association (should it be formed) be involved in politics, but rather they be free from the abuses of politics, just like their fathers were when serving the Armed Forces.
What I need is someone who is committed and acceptable to the idea of forming such an association, in the belief that they being sons and daughters of members of the Armed Force can play a meaningful and productive role in society. In other words, this association serves to continue the sacrifices and contributions made by all servicemen towards society and the nation.
As I have indicated above, this association must remain apolitical, and is focused in creating an establish network of friends of the Armed Forces and promoting good values. Of course, the association has to define its purpose and objectives, and this can only be done through some brainstorming sessions by some protem members. Perforce, this association has to be led by a son or daughter of a member of the Armed Forces (serving or otherwise), and whose members are exclusively sons and daughters of members of the Armed Forces.
I wish not to say more, and my only hope is to get some responses from my readers to know whether this proposition on the creation of an association of sons and daughters of members of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ASDAF) is a viable proposition or otherwise.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION