How erratic and insane can Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein be by suggesting that the Army will be deployed, should the up-coming Bersih 2.0 rally scheduled for 9thJuly goes berserk. I protest vehemently to such a deployment, for I believe the Army should never to be used against a peaceful public rally.
Does Hishamuddin want to test the loyalty of the Army to response to his call? What right does Hishamuddin have over the Army, by suggesting such a dumb and thoughtless idea, when the people involved in the rally are ordinary and peaceful citizens of this country; some maybe his own family members? Does Hishamuddin think that this is a police state where public dissent or discontentment cannot be tolerated? Has he not learnt the lessons of the recent events in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and the current political upheaval in Libya? All these events started as a peaceful public protest against a ‘tyrannical’ government, but when physical force is applied onto the people, they will revolt. I am not surprised if the same will occur if force is applied to those attending the up-coming Bersih rally.
Let me remind Hishamuddin that the Army is not a tool to fool around with. His father Hussein Onn being trained as an Army Officer would be saying the same thing. We are not yet police state, and I do not think the Army would want to take orders from him; particularly when the order is to silence public opinion and protest. Being a lawyer and a lawmaker, he should have understood better that the nation’s constitution give its citizen every right to a freedom of expression, and organizing a peaceful public rally is one way of expressing such rights.
I have complete faith and confidence in the current Army leadership in not wanting to be cowed by Hishamuddin’s call for the use of the Army. I can also say for certain that the other two sister services of the Armed Forces would not want to be a tool of Hishamuddin. I am also confident that all retired military officer would share the same feeling that I have on the use of the Army against public rally. I am certain too that the consequences towards public security and disorder would be extremely severe if military troops were to be used, and this certainly is not what the nation wants.
My brotherly advice to Hishamuddin is to be more cautious in what he says, especially with regards to the use of the military forces, and to show due respect to His Royal Highness the King, for he is the Supreme Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces.
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