Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) today reminded Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man to differentiate between government and political leaders.
This was after Azlan slammed what he claimed was a small group of armed forces veterans who went against the government upon leaving the service.
"It has to be pointed out that there is a vast difference between the meaning of government and political leaders being elected to head the government.
"Azlan Man had cunningly omitted to differentiate between the two. As retired military and police officers, we were once part of the government bodies. We will never do anything against the government," Patriot president Mohamed Arshad Raji said.
Patriot, a group comprising armed forces veterans, has been critical of BN leaders.
Arshad said Azlan (photo) should instead listen and sympathise with the plight of veterans.
"Let us also ask him if he really knows the reasons why veterans are generally not in favour of bad and corrupt political leaders in the government.
"Has he met, discussed and listened to their grievances and dissent?" he asked.
Arshad said some veterans and retired police personnel have spoken up against certain leaders in government due to unabated abuses and corruption.
"These are symptoms of bad governance and if they continue, our country will descend towards self-destruction. After all the years of sacrifices we have made, we aspire to at least have a secure future for our families and us," he said.