Malaysian politics - who dares wins?
"I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within." - Douglas MacArthur
COMMENT I am no great fan of MacArthur but a noteworthy sentiment should not be ignored. In my last piece I was sympathetic to the call for the military powers-that-be to reaffirm their commitment to an impartial peaceful transition of federal power.
I have written of how the Armed Forces has been dragged over the decades into the Umno political quagmire (not to mention numerous articles on Umno malfeasances), so don't mind the Pakatan Rakyat, specifically DAP apparatchiks, who froth and distort any criticism levelled at their precious alternative coalition.
You would be surprised at how many retired armed forces personnel support the aims of the alternative front and are themselves concerned with the current state of disrepute of the security apparatus of this country.
Anecdotally speaking, PAS would seem to have the most support from retired service members (this no doubt because of the racial make-up of the armed forces and the fact that the piety offered by PAS is an antidote for the corruption some have witnessed in the military, or so they tell me), whereas PKR and DAP draw a quiet but determined group...