NST, Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 reports that Perkasa Information Chief Ruslan Kassim questioned the motive behind the dinner that was attended by MAS Board Director Datuk Mohd Azman Yahya, businessman Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan and Penang CM Lim Guan Eng with several senior leaders of Singapore’s PAP recently. Ruslan went further to asked what was discussed at the meeting and whether it was related to our country’s top secret. He said that Malaysians have the right to question where their loyalty lies, and warn Malaysians from becoming a foreign tool or agent to betray their own country.
In the first instant, I want to know who is Ruslan Kassim to come out with a barrage of nonsensical questions. Is he from the military intelligence, the police special branch or from any other national intelligence agencies? Is he the Internal Security Minister or a top notch security official from the PM’s Department answering direct to the PM on national security issues? I think he is a no body, but he sounded like someone powerful, more powerful than the PM himself.
Firstly, I don’t think Perkasa represents all Malaysians; certainly it does not represent me and the millions more. Hence, it is wrong for Ruslan to implicate all Malaysians in raising the above questions. Ruslan has to get into his head that he does not have the legitimacy or the authority to question anyone about security; let alone if someone decides to have a meeting in a foreign country. Just because Azman Yahya, Kalimullah Hassan and Lim Eng Guan had met with PAP leaders, does not necessarily mean that there are in a secret deal affecting national security. I don’t think the three are so foolish to be talking about national secrets, and it is unlikely too that they all want to betray their country.
If talking to Singapore PAP leaders over dinner can be construed as a meeting to discuss the country’s top secret, than Ruslan might as well say the same for PM Najib when he met the Singapore PM early this year or the Pope in Rome just recently. Ruslan might also want to ask our top military and police officers what are discussed during their meetings with their Singapore counterparts.
I do not know if Ruslan has any friends in Singapore or anywhere else. But I certainly have lots of foreign friends and I will continue to meet and talk with them, and does that make me a ‘foreign tool or agent to betray the country’?
You see this Ruslan is so foolish and paranoid that he sees foreigners as an enemy, regardless of who the foreigners are. Azman Yahya and Kalimullah Hassan are businessmen, and Lim Eng Guan is a politician. Surely they will not talk about how to conduct a military sabotage on Malaysia or to sell a chunk of our territory to Singapore. You have to believe that they will be talking about businesses that will benefit both our countries.
I am beginning to be deeply concerned that if Ruslan’s thinking is representative of the thinking of its Perkasa leaders, no Malaysian businessmen or politician will ever want to go abroad for fear that they will be similarly questioned. And if that happens, you know what lies ahead for this country. My only hope is for our leaders and government to disassociate themselves from Perkasa now before it is too late.
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