Malaysian Armed Forces officers corps has disappointedly directly and indirectly failed to keep the Malaysian Armed Forces clear of being apolitical By Dzirhan Mahadzir
Monday, May 14, 2018
Via WhatsApp : In the last two years, it has to be noted that a portion of the Malaysian Armed Forces officers corps has disappointedly directly and indirectly failed to keep the Malaysian Armed Forces clear of being apolitical and above being a tool used to promote the ruling political party, particularly in the run up to the elections. At the same time, the conduct of numerous MAF official and personal twitter accounts and their postings fell way below the standards to professionalism and too often smacked of sycophancy towards then Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Tun Razak and then Defence Minister Dato Sri Hishammuddin Hussein.
As it is, the Armed Forces have not shot themselves in the foot but have literally shot themselves in the head with this, as for one, they have now undermined their credibility with the incoming government, who used to be the political opposition by doing and saying things that all indicate strong support of Barisan National and as a result now will not be trusted by the Pakatan party who now are the government and two, the Pakatan government knows that the Armed Forces will just blindly obey whoever is in charge of the government and hence they can disregard the opinions and concerns of the military officers and leadership and tell them just to obey orders given to them.
Of course some may argue the “Kami menurut perintah”, or we are subject to orders but I’ll point out that such a line of defence is not entirely valid, and if I have to give an example for that, look at the Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes trials to see how well that defence works, of course it is an extreme example, but the essential fact is that while orders, in theory, have to be obeyed, there are times on ethical or principle grounds, when they should not be obeyed and in my opinion, while the Malaysian Armed Forces do have to support the government of the day, that does not mean that they should go beyond a certain level that goes clearly into partisanship and at the same time, common sense should have told some officers not to make fools of themselves in doing so on social media.