Sunday, August 28, 2011

Army Veteran Dragged Into Political Game

Famous Sarawakian army veteran Kanang a/k Langkau made a comment against the Youth Chief of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) on August 28th. He apparently made the remark in the Malayan Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia against Mohammad Sabu to the extent of saying Sabu is useless.

Kanang as a respected army veteran should know better than to meddle in politics. The fact that his statement was made in the United Malays National Organization's (UMNO) mouthpiece speaks volumes of this person.

Kanang has made a statement in a pro-UMNO newspaper against the opponents of UMNO. Kanang should remember that despite his dislike for the communist insurgents, these rebels too were fighting for what they thought was right. And these rebels too lost a lot of men in their struggle.

Therefore if anyone has a favourable opinion of these rebels, then let them have their say. He should not have said this or that person is useless because they contradict his ideas.

Whatever it was , facts remain facts, and the rebels would always be remembered as rebels while Kanang would always be remembered as a hero.

But to stick his nose in the quarrel between two political parties by allowing his credentials as a veteran to be used is most disgusting.

Kanang better keeps whatever's left of his good name while he can. Or else he will not be remembered as a hero, but a political pawn.

He should remember that all the medals and titles bestowed upon him were not meant to be used as a political weapon.

Monday, August 22, 2011

PM Najib Promises Electoral Reforms

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has promised electoral reforms in the country. This follows the recent rally by election watch-group Bersih which called for the reforms.

Najib's pledge is most welcome and may even help to turn some of his critics into his admirers. It is hoped that opposition parties will see Najib's pledge positively and contribute to it.

However whether the radical ultra-nationalists in Najib's ruling party would accept these reforms is yet to be known.