Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chinese and Indians 'not patriotic enough'

Chinese and Indians 'not patriotic enough'
S Pathmawathy
Nov 9, 10
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Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi reasoned that the low number of Chinese and Indian recruits in the military could be due to “lack of patriotism”.

military tentera askar soldier malaysia 260307 wataniahZahid told the Dewan Rakyat this during Question time today when replying Mohd Jidin Shafee (BN-Setiu).

Mohd Jidin asked for the number of army recruits in the last two years and the breakdown of the numbers by ethnicity.

He also asked for the reasons behind the small number of a certain race in the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF).

According to Zahid, in the last two years 9,054 officers and those of other ranks were taken into the MAF compared to 14,749 officers and personnel of other ranks who were hired from 2006 to 2008.

From 2008 to 2009, 8,151 or 90 percent of those recruited were Malays, 26 or 0.29 percent were Chinese and 82 or 0.91 percent were Indians, while 795 or 8.8 percent were 'others' including Sabah and Sarawak bumiputeras.

“The ministry finds that the participation of non-Malays especially among the Chinese and Indians is still below par,” Zahid said.

Besides the lack of “patriotic spirit”, Zahid also pointed out other reasons that could have resulted in the poor participation of other races in the MAF.

“Maybe it is the fear of tough military discipline, low pay compared to private jobs or no encouragement from families,” he said.

It could also be the result of “lack of backing from their ethnic communities” or “the negative aspersions cast on the MAF”.

Minister a coward, says Kulasegaran

Nevertheless Zahid said the government has never set a quota for admission into the MAF and that entrance is based on qualifications and interest, and must be done voluntarily.

NONESeeing red over Zahid's comment, M Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) raised an objection under Standing Order 36(10)(c).

Kulasegaran (left) demanded that the minister apologise for the statement that non-Malays lack patriotism.

As Zahid had already left the House by then, Kulasegaran branded him a “coward”, given that the minister had been asked to remain in the House.

Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia did not order Zahid to withdraw his remarks but instead reprimanded Kulasegaran for his use of the unparliamentary word “coward”.


seals: when the government treat the "others" not equal ...more like a 3rd class citizen, for sure they will find ways to find a proper life and show their
patriotic spirit in other ways.

Blocking promotions and letting way low juniors to be their boss and you can count the number of Lt. colonel and above ... how many non-malay Generals we have? How about the police ? The last top rank that I saw was
Selangor Chief Police Officer P. Alegendra. You mean to say the others are not capable?

So, what the government has done so far to attract the "not motivated" to be motivated to join the forces? Lol.... question that we might not get any answers ....

If intake of the "others" has reduced then blame the BN government for the failed policies and actions that demotivated the non-malays, still the non-malays equally patriotic enough in their own way.

The existence of opposition parties itself is another evidence of "patriotic enough" to safe Malaysia and to check and balance the failing BN. If not for the actions of the
oppositions party no country (not only Malaysia) will be a right place to live. But only the ruling party gets tittles and awards ... funny ah?

I am not surprised to see this from the UMNO Speaker:

Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia did not order Zahid to withdraw his remarks but instead reprimanded Kulasegaran for his use of the unparliamentary word “coward”.

as it is common to see the reporters being arrested and media is harassed and the one who made the statement is having a good life outside :)

Or is this a first step for the BN government to start to change the History to make sure Malaysia 10 years from now will never know the contribution on Indians and Chinese towards the merdeka (independence) towards what Malaysia is today?

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