Lt Col Idris Hassan's letter to Royal Malay Regiment's Officers Club on the misuse of Military Ranks
Monday, May 15, 2017
I like many others do understand your anger and frustration with regards the misuse of military ranks and unauthorised use of military accoutrements. And also your extreme disappointment with those among us who have the seniority and clout and who could help our cause but just refuse to join the chorus and stand up and be counted. As retirees all we have left is the exclusivity of our military rank, and now that too is now being eroded with with RELA being recognised as a para military unit with the same rank structure of our Armed Forces. (Now every one including the Parking Attendants and Taxi Drivers can be called 'Tuan' )
That was when Colonel Malik Alwi then President of Kelab Pegawai-Pegawai RAMD together with support of FAFOC wrote an extremely well written and passionate letter to YAB. Prime Minister venomously expressing our objections and displeasure at the RELA using military type rank structure.
We were overjoyed when the then Minister of Defence YB Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made an official announcement that RELA will not be using the rank structure of the Malaysian Armed Forces.
However our joy was short lived when the same minister now heading the Home Ministry made a 180% U turn and allowed RELA to use the rank structure of the MAF. The rest of course is history. As if that is not enough, now almost every other government enforcement agencies have got on to the act and decked themselves with similar rank structure as the Armed Forces and the Police.
I remember at the club meet a few weeks ago how angry and frustrated you were at this turn of events and it was at your behest and also that of Colonel Malik that I took it upon my self this time to express our frustrations in a public domain.
Some of us had opined that the letter written by Colonel Malik was the best presented 'vocal' paper ever written to the highest authorities and if that did not work nothing else possibly would, implying it's a waste of time writing further like what I was doing.
Making statements like " Pi Mai Pi Mai Tang Tu " " Balik Assal ". " We are just burning calories " " Such writing is seasonal like the durian and fruit season and soon will die down to nothing" " I just smiled when I follow the views and comments on using the rank by other agencies"
First and for most I must categorically state that my writing can never be compared to that of my learned friend Colonel Malik Alwi who is an institution by himself.
I will openly admit to all and sundry that compared to Colonel Malik's writing skills I am just a novice . But what Colonel Malik had written was privately and exclusively about RELA in his appeal to the authorities. My writing was more general in nature about all 'offending' government agencies to creat some sort of ground-swell so that the public and our serving and retired Pak Generals and will be better informed of our frustration and sympathise with our cause.