This article is submitted by a Retired Senior Armed Forces Malaysian who also happens to be a NON-MALAY
I'm a third generation Malaysian who had served the Malaysian Armed Forces for 38 devoted years. The article in STAR Page N14 recently which carried derogatory remarks by the Malaysian Defence Minister about non-Malays not only jolted me out of my slumber but also infuriated me. The Defence Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that one of the possible reasons for the low intake of non-Malays in the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) is that their "patriotism spirit is not high enough"!
It must be acknowledged that the UMNO-led Government is promising a lot of reforms and taken initiatives that appear to be commendable but whilst the 'Gods are willing, the priests are not'. The implementation on the ground, as always, has been an issue to which they conveniently close an eye or even both. The BTN inculcation is another monster that the UMNO Government, under the 'able' leadership of our not-so-pendatang PM Dr Mahathir, has created. The evil of BTN must be systemically reversed or we are all doomed and extremists like Zahid Hamidi, who are politically ambitious, who will not hesitate to play the race card again in order to rise within the ranks of UMNO, must be condemned by all right thinking members of the Malaysian society.