Loyalty should be to the people!

To a soldier in an army, obedience to the superior officer is important . But this obedience is more for operations and in the fields, where a soldier’s duty is to carry out the command of his superior in executing certain offensive or defensive moves, according to plans and orders given.

Apart from his official duty, with regards to human rights, a soldier is just like anyone else. He should have his free will to vote. How can a superior officer take away a soldier’s right to choose his own government?Any superior officer must not forget that a soldier’s pay and welfare are given to him by the people, not from the pocket of any senior officer.

This is a democracy, not a feudal state.

Speaking of loyalty, a soldier’s loyalty, like any other ordinary citizen ( and that includes members of political parties and civil service),  should not be to any person. His ultimate loyalty is to his country, which means to the sovereign, the flag, and the people. His sole purpose is to serve his country, not his generals.

The people are what make up the country. The sovereign and the flag are institutional symbols representing the people. So the ultimate loyalty of a soldier is to the people who make up the nation.

This is the modern era and we are no more in the middle ages. The people are the boss. The army and the civil service are instruments of the people, not the government.

Senior government servants, including those in the security forces, must realise this. They owe their positions to the people, their remuneration is from the people and their loyalty is to the people and no one else.

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(Read my previous post on Servant of the people)

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. monsterball
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:46:14

    More than 200 commentators teaching the General how to be General for King …country and People.
    He uttered totally nonsensical stuffs.
    The 4 are brave to reveal to the public..theirs sins commanded by their superiors..yet this General condemn these truthful officers.
    He should be sacked…..but then….this is the kind of General …our corrupt Govt love to have. The more the better.
    Malaysians can now witness what kind of low class unqualified racist General we have.

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  2. Richard Loh
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:55:07

    Very sad indeed that now the army looks like sounds like and indeed is behaving and acting like umno!

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  3. Li Li Fa
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:59:58

    The government, the judiciary, the legislature, the military and police are essential machineries of a democratic nation.

    Each has its own role to play and responsibility to fulfill, often cooperating, coordinating, and compliementing each other’s role, but never compromising on its own uniqueness. When one is subjugated to the other, then trouble and turmoil can emerge its urgly head.

    Officialdom in the military should not be seen veering to much under the hands of the government and vice versa. Otherwise,could the system of government l evolve into the likeness of those in Myanmar, Thailand, etc, etc, etc.?

    Do we still want to practise a parliamentary democracy?
    Who are the people behind the manipulations in the military?
    Are we slowly sliding down the path of other types of government?
    Should the current government or the civil society take action on this matter?

    As the celebration of the 54th year of Independence of our nation draws near the above authoritarian attitude in the military will cast doubts in the minds of the people.

    I would still want to believe that this nation is still firmly upholding its constituion,m, Rukunegara and its government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. I hope this belief is not a make-belief..

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  4. alice cc ang
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 11:03:53

    Armed Forces cheap oopps… “chief” General Zulkifeli has got his priorities wrong. The soldiers are there to protect the country, not some political party.’es, there are other military personnel who would come forward, but I think they are afraid of what they may lose. I personally know a very senior officer who is aware of the electoral fraud, but if he reveals himself he will lose all that he has got. But given time and some soul searching, they will. Good, honest and brave men should not be made to look like liars – these are men of honour. However liars, cheats and disloyal Malaysians holding high office should be exposed – that is our national duty. This guy has brought shame to those of us who served this country by your denial, and you have brought shame by allowing this to happen.

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  5. alice cc ang
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:23:39

    Itu belum xgeneral yang akan mendedahkan kepincangan tersebut.
    PAT harap jangan jadi orang bangang. Kita kat luar ni yang dah bersara tahu apa sebenar nya berlaku.
    This is the quality of the Malaysian Armed Forces General- no brain and has no balls to stand up.
    Can we trust this type of character leading the Armed Forces. The power is in the hand of the rakyat and no Armed Forces can defend the nation without the support of the population.
    Which military school did this general graduated from?
    It is very clear now that in order to lead the nation of this Bolehland, you don’t need brain but shit!

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