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By S Thayaparan

The Armed Forces in Umno quagmire

"Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they've never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military." - Maureen Dowd


COMMENT The recent statement by Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar as to the justification of the acquisition of the Scorpene submarines is further evidence that our armed forces is mired in the political quagmire that Umno finds itself in.

The controversial purchase, not to mention operational efficiency, of these submarines pales in comparison to the politicisation of our security apparatus, which has reached unprecedented depths unheard of in so-called functional democracies...