Something rotten in the Lumut naval base
by S Thayaparan (Commander (Rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy)
COMMENT "Many former and current serving armed forces personnel are bewildered by Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar's comments that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was addressing the crowd in the Lumut Naval Base about "solidarity" and not "politics".
Why do our Armed Forces need a lecture in solidarity? Whom do they have to come together against? And the implication here, considering that Mahathir is the Perkasa patron, is that solidarity means Malay/Muslim solidarity and the question, then becomes, is this the kind of solidarity that a supposedly multiracial 1Malaysia Armed Forces requires?
Furthermore, Abdul Aziz has the temerity to claim that the reason why First Admiral (Rtd) Mohd Imran Abdul Hamid, who is a Pakatan Rakyat candidate in the May 5 general election, was not allowed to enter the base was because "he will talk on politics, interspersed with slander, and will anger the personnel here... we don't want any agenda to be brought in that will divide the people."
So not only has Abdul Aziz made a judgment that borders on libel on a former admiral but he continues to pander to the establishment in this country by furthering their narrative that anybody not belonging to Umno (a political party) or supportive of its agenda, is hostile to the very institutions that are supposed to remain non-partisan..."
Navy chief a disgrace to his uniform
YOURSAY 'Admiral Abdul Aziz, no one can believe that Dr M didn't talk politics in support of BN to the Navy personnel in Lumut.'
Dr M allowed in as he didn't talk on politics, says navy
Selected comments in response:
Wira: 'Admiral Abdul Aziz, no one can believe that Dr M didn't talk politics in support of BN to the Navy personnel in Lumut.
How about posting his speech verbatim on YouTube and let us be the judge.'
Anonymous #19098644: 'Instead of a professional naval admiral, we have a politicised Umno man disguised as head of the Navy...'
LittleGiant: 'If talking about "solidarity" and asking to support "the government in power" is not politics, then what is it? Can we call it "bedtime story" and "nursery rhymes"?'
James1067: 'No wonder we have civil servants serving their political masters who put them there not because of their capabilities but their loyalty...'
Multi Racial: 'How low can Abdul Aziz go?
He allowed two politicians (Lumut incumbent parliamentarian Kong Cho Ha and caretaker Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi) entry into the naval base, claiming they will not talk politics but disallowed his former colleague (Lumut candidate First Admiral (Rtd) Mohamad Imran Abdul) to get in, claiming he will talk politics.
This is an act of betrayal of a friend and former colleague...'
Restless_Native: 'Abdul Aziz is symptomatic of what is wrong with people in pre-eminent positions within the infrastructure of this country. He is a bigoted, self-promoting puppet of the BN regime...'
Tukangkarut: 'The Navy chief is ridiculing the rakyat's intelligence. Why must Mahathir accompanied by the caretaker defence minister meet the navy personnel at this very moment in the campaigning period, just before the May 5 general election?'