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“The enemy within the nation”…A ‘MUST READ’ FOR ALL MALAYSIANS!

February 10, 2014

MARIAM MOKHTAR (MKini)

Our enemy is hiding where we don’t think to look. He is not assembled at the border for an invasion, nor is he waiting on the high seas to land on our unguarded beaches.The enemy comprises the leaders and members of our administration who claim legitimacy to rule, simply because they have successfully rigged the polls. Their obsession with power means that we are at their mercy. The enemy within is more dangerous than any foreign invader.

When Major Zaidi Ahmad of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) – stationed at Butterworth – found that the indelible ink used in GE13 was not permanent, he did not want unscrupulous people to abuse the system and vote multiple times.

Thus he thought he was upholding the constitution by lodging a police report about the ink, but found himself on the wrong end of the law. Today, he faces trial on various charges relating to that report and for sending text messages about the non-indelible ink.

Malaysians are entering the latest phase of a new reign of terror. The charges against Major Zaidi are an attempt by Umno Baru to solidify its stranglehold on the nation. It hopes to consolidate its power by vilifying a member of the armed forces.

Many people may not be aware that officers of the Malaysian armed forces swear an oath of allegiance and loyalty to the Agong and the country, in which they undertake to “support and defend the federal constitution, the Agong, and the country against foreign or domestic enemies…” and that they will “faithfully discharge their duties…”

Note that this oath clearly states that they must defend the country against domestic enemies.

A week before the GE13 on May 5, 2013, military personnel were allowed to exercise their democratic right and cast their votes first. Some of them allege that the ink washed off easily a few hours after they had voted, despite the claims made by the Election Commission (EC) that the ink was indelible.

Only a weak leadership will search for a scapegoat to teach other members of the armed forces (and also the civil servants) that they will be punished if they do not obey Umno Baru.

Ordinary rakyat face similar humiliations. Some people allege that comments they make during meetings, may be used against them. People who criticise the Umno Baru government, or relate problems they may have faced during their dealings with a government department, find that within days of making those remarks, income tax department officials have paid them a visit to scrutinise their income tax returns.

Afraid of further humiliations

Others have alleged that when leaving the country, their passports are found to be “not in order”. They then have to resolve the problems at immigration headquarters, before they are allowed to leave the country, or may find that they are possibly barred from travel.

We are rarely told these stories because those who have been affected do not want to invite more reprisals. Others are afraid of further humiliations after being blacklisted. A few may also be fearful of losing a vital government contract or place in university, which they worked hard to achieve.

Pillorying Zaidi is more than just political. It is a warning to curb possible insubordination in members of the armed forces. It is also a way of purging dissent.

All Zaidi did was to tell the truth, and punishing him will undoubtedly have a ripple effect. Friends and families in the military world may sympathise with Zaidi and openly support the opposition.

Already, Umno Baru is worried about the open support of former military chiefs for Pakatan. Perhaps, Umno Baru might have read about the situations in surrounding countries where the armed forces have aligned themselves with the angry citizens.

Recently, whilst the government was busy directing its police and armed forces to hound the opposition politicians and supporters, three People’s Republic of China (PRC) navy ships landed on the James Shoal – about 80km from the Bintulu coastline – and swore to protect China’s sovereignty.

Despite reports in the Chinese-language papers, Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) chief Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar denied claims that there was an incursion by the PRC navy.

Abdul Aziz is the same man, who in 2012 claimed that the RM3.4 billion Scorpene submarines would give the Malaysian navy more “muscle” and help prevent a repeat of the “1511 episode”, meaning the invasion of Malacca by the Portuguese navy in 1511.

The Malaysian navy has previously been caught napping, as we know to our cost, from breaches in security off the Sabah eastern shoreline.

Zaidi’s actions are in stark contrast to the army veterans whose best military offensive was to show off their butts in front of former Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan’s house in 2012. They were trying to intimidate her because Bersih had called for free, fair and clean elections.

Unlike Zaidi (right), many of his superiors – who kept silent despite being aware of voting irregularities in GE13 – have broken their oath of allegiance and are therefore, traitors. Umno Baru is aware that if indelible ink was to be used, they would lose GE13.

The poignancy of Zaidi’s two text messages, which got him into trouble, show us the true measure of a man, but more importantly, a patriot. He sought “divine guidance to defend the nation from tyrants, liars and corrupt leaders”.

He also urged others to “defend the mother land from corrupt people and cheaters” and also to stop “being cowards or else our children and grandchildren will piss on our graves”.

Umno Baru has made a mockery of democracy, and the rakyat’s patience is running thin. Military men and women risk their lives in the line of duty, but find that as ordinary citizens, their democratic rights are snatched from them.

Malaysians salute Zaidi for making a stand for the rakyat. Now in his hour of need, we too must make a stand and show our undivided support for him.


MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO).

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2014 3:45 pm

    A petition was set up for the Rakyat to show their support for Teresa Kok.
    We must do the same now for Mejar Zaidi, at the least.

    • TBH permalink
      February 11, 2014 7:06 am

      Yes I agree. We need to show our support to this man. I cannot think of how his actions can be deemed as anything less than a faithful service to our country. It is our country and we must act to ensure that we as individuals cannot be cowed.

    • Mocking Bird permalink
      February 12, 2014 9:23 am

      Agreed!

  2. finian goonting permalink
    February 11, 2014 12:15 am

    Major Zaidi Ahmad, I respect you for having the guts to stand up for the rights, unlike some others who just think for themselves and their pockets. May ALLAH protect you.

  3. najib manaukau permalink
    February 11, 2014 1:59 am

    Everyday more and more Malays are coming up to challenge the regime that is holding the fort in the name of the Malays ! Yet to deluge himself and all the Umno warlords he came up with the excuse that it was the Chinese Tsunami that is responsible for the results of the GE. Before that Najib promised to wash the Kris with Chinese blood just to show he is fighting for the Malays. Now he is forbidding the Christians in the country to use the word Allah just to win over the Malays muslims in the country.

    What next Najib, must you always blame the Chinese for your political quest to become and to remain as the P.M. ? To swear in the mosque that you are always fighting for the Malays, least you forget millions of skillful and professionals that you are now begging to return to serve the country and also I might add were tax payers during their time in Malaysia without telling them to also to return to Malaysia and also once again become tax payers.
    These mostly , including even a small percentage of Malays, have immigrated. And many more will until there is no more real skillful and professionals left in the country. Why, is this not trying to go after the cows after the cows have bolted from the farm ?
    Please remember as long as you have people like the egregious Mahathir and Abraham Ali in the country millions more will keep immigrating no matter whatever incentives you are coming with. Already the country is in dire need for skillful and professionals to keep and look after the country you should ensure that individuals like the people mentioned earlier to stay out of this country or have their mouths shout up. No amounts of incentives
    you can come up with will help you bring back the disillusioned immigrated Malaysians, A bird in hand is always better than two in the bush.

  4. Pepi Jay permalink
    February 11, 2014 2:12 pm

    Major Zaidi Without any doubt be assured that all men of peace and goodwill are with you and will pray for you. Be strong and fight the evil that is haunting our beloved Malaysia- Especially chauvinistic racism.

  5. Fairijus permalink
    February 11, 2014 5:01 pm

    Rogues and Rascals are calling the shots! Malay leaders are selfish and care only for the money they can skim for their accounts in Adelaide, New York, London and Zurich.

  6. February 11, 2014 5:21 pm

    Governments have become the new Kings and Queens. They are the new royalty.

    It is true in America and around the world.

    I pray Ukraine can show the world that true freedom is still possible.

    Wayne
    Luvsiesous.com

  7. February 12, 2014 12:42 am

    Zaidi is the true PATRIOT.

  8. najib manaukau permalink
    February 12, 2014 1:34 am

    You know why, in spite of the fact that the nation’s budget is in deficit, Najib is still jetting around ? Well one of the main reasons is that there is no records for the public to see how many bags (filled with money) he is taking along with him to deposit in the foreign country he ior the botak filled fat lady is taking along.
    Just remember the ex-Thai PM before he was deposed as the PM he took along with him to the UN conference 56 boxes filled with money. What a blatant and arrogant mistake that was 56 bags of money, and I am sure he must know now that was a big mistake and as a consequent Najib is trying to prevent that from happening to him or the botak filled fat lady !

  9. Ridzuan aziz permalink
    February 12, 2014 4:05 am

    The few great men…Salute !

  10. peter lai permalink
    February 12, 2014 4:55 am

    Mejar Zaidi Ahmad is a very brave man….in a nation with very few heroes,
    he is one.

  11. uthayakumar permalink
    February 12, 2014 1:14 pm

    I salute you SIR

  12. February 13, 2014 10:58 am

    “To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men.”

    Major Zaidi is a true Officer and a Gentleman. A Loyal Patriot and a Courageous Soldier for GOD, King and Country. In a world, especially in the higher echelons of the Uniformed Bodies of this Country where cowards and weasels move within the corridors of power and leadership with no sense of shame and the insult that they really are to their uniforms, one man like this stood up for the TRUTH. I pray that ALLAH ALMIGHTY protects and rewards this amazing man and his loved ones. This guy is a True HERO!!! Malaysians, he needs you now.

  13. brandy permalink
    March 5, 2014 2:47 pm

    The only way to get rid of the ruling bigots is to follow what the Thais are now doing-street protests.
    Otherwise, we can make more noise but Jibby is not one to be afraid of noises

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