DAP welcomes clarification by Armed Forces Chief that the troops are loyal to king and country as they should not be loyal to a particular political party or a particular Prime Minister if Malaysia is to mature to become a normal democracy where voters can peacefully and democratically change the government at the ballot box
The clarification by the Armed Forces Chief Tan Sri Raja Mohamad Affandi Raja Mohamad Noor that the loyalty of the troops are to king and country and not to any political parties is most welcome, although it is troubling why the Armed Forces Chief took a week to make such a simple and straighfoward clarification.
If Malaysia is to mature to become a normal democracy where voters can peacefully and democratically change the government at the ballot box in a general election, it is all the more imporant that the armed forces make it indisputably clear that they are loyal to the King and country, and not to any particular political party or any particular Prime Minister, esepcially as the country is in the throes of the 14th General Election which might see a change of the political coalition forming the Federal Government for the first time in the nation’s 61-year history and 14 general elections.
Those who claim that if UMNO is defeated in the 14th General Elections, the Malays will perish are indulging in irresponsible politicking of fear, lies, false information and fake news.
Are UMNO leaders prepared to come out openly and publicly and declare that even if UMNO loses in the 14th General Elections, the Malays will not perish in Malaysia.
In fact, a Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya will be doing its utmost to demonstratde that under its adminstration, Malaysians whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans or Orang Asli will be better looked after as Pakatan Harapan wants not only to win the 14GE, but the 15GE, the 16GE, etc, as the system of parliamentary democracy compels the holding of a general election at least once in five years to seek a renewal of mandate from the electorate.