We are very aware of the intimidating presence of the PDRM in the past 6 by-elections. They were there by the thousands in Kuala Terengganu. The menacing FRU did their fair share of tear- gassing at Bukit Selambau. The towns where the by-elections were held seemed like an unofficially declared war zone. And this in a country aspiring for developed-nationhood status. In KT, they had horses trotting around the main roads. Probably realizing that cops on horses were not so macho they brought in non-uniformed thuggish-looking cops on scramblers for nomination day in Permatang Pasir! But it amused me that they congregated on the BN side. Again probably the close to 30,000 strong Pakatan Rakyat supporters is no place to play with their scramblers.
An added injection at Permatang Pasir, we learnt, was the presence of Armed Forces personnel. Were they our army boys or were they the Blackwater mercenaries expelled from
Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has denied that he is using the armed forces to campaign for BN candidate Rohaizat Othman
He said services rendered by members of the armed forces to people of Permatang Pasir were not to canvass for votes in the coming state by-election.
"The services given under the 'Jiwa Murni' programme is not due to politics. We help them in areas that we are good at like medical, engineering and religion.”
PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar claimed in party portal HarakahDaily that Zahid had used the armed forces to give free medical treatment to voters on behalf of Umno and BN.
Now, lets hear what my friend and fellow Taipingite, M Naser Taib has to say about Armed Forces involvement in elections:
There is an Armed Forces Council Instruction that forbids soldier, airmen or naval personnel from taking part in political canvassing as what the Minister has done. He has given the Defence Chief an "unlawful command". The umpu bodek generals must stop this illegal deployment. Its a blatant abuse. It has never happened before. This will only happen when Short Service Commissioned Officers become generals. Gutless wonders.
SO WILL WE SEE THIS AT THE NEXT