KUALA LUMPUR: The National Patriots Association (Patriots) has urged the police and Armed Forces personnel to exercise their votes without fear or favour.
Patriots president Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohd Arshad Raji said who they voted for was entirely up to them, as long as they cast their votes with pride and honour.
“For those officers in senior command, but who are our juniors in service, we humbly remind you of your unquestionable integrity and honour.
“Do what is right for our beloved country, we salute you,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
Arshad said when the veterans were on active duty in the security forces, some of them had not bothered to vote, nor were they conscious of politics and political happenings at the time.
“The peace that came to our country in 1989 was hard fought and did not come easily. Our focus then was to go to war, train for war, and be on perpetual operational standby for any quick deployment at all times. We did not have individual liberties like the civilians,” he added.
Arshad said as men who had been trained to protect the country from foreign attacks, the Patriots could not allow Malaysia to be destroyed from within.
“Peace and unity are our national treasure. We must not allow any politician to ruin it. This is our country and we must choose our national leaders carefully. Choose the leaders who protect us from all threats, for peace, unity and progress,” he said.
Earlier, Arshad had launched the Friends of Patriot project, which is open to Malaysian citizens who did not have the opportunity join the Malaysian Armed Forces or the Royal Malaysian Police.
He also launched the Patriots website, www.patriotkebangsaan.org.my, and introduced the Patriot Youth Leadership and Patriotism Workshop.
“The workshop aims to help inculcate the spirit of patriotism, national unity and leadership among youths, as well as help encourage our youths to enlist in the security forces,” he said.
The workshop is expected to be launched around May or June this year. — Bernama