February 8, 2014
MY COMMENT: Matters are getting out of control here in Malaysia. Now, a Major in the Royal Malaysian Air Force is being charged for providing statements to the media on indelible ink used in the general elections. Since when is a military man charged for speaking the truth? There is always a first time for this kind of stuff. And not unexpectedly, it has to be in Malaysia where even our military court is used for political purposes. We have a serious breakdown in our system of justice. No one is free in this country from becoming a victim of injustice when the Rule of Law is no longer respected.–Din Merican
RMAF Major charged in a Military Court for Speaking the Truth
by Ahmad Fazli KC@http://www.malaysiakini.com
The accused is represented by lawyer Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al Mahdzar whereas the case is being prosecuted by Major Ahmad Sanusi Ali, Captain Fadzil Nor Alias, and Captain Ross Anuar Aripin.
On the first and second charges, Zaidi was accused of breaching the Armed Forces Council’s Order in the vicinity of the Kepala Batas district Police headquarters. He was accused of making a media statement expressing his dissatisfaction with the indelible ink, “when the issue should have been investigated through military channels.”
Zaidi was also accused of not obtaining permission from the Defence Ministry before making a media statement.
As for the third, fourth and fifth charges, he was accused of publishing official information, which is considered an internal matter, to the media without permission from the Armed Forces Council.
As for the sixth charge, he was accused of breaching the Butterworth base’s standing orders for sending a text message that read:
“Ayuh mempertahankan ibu pertiwi dari dijajah oleh penipu dan perasuah, jangan jadi bacul dan nanti anak cucu kencing di atas kubur kita.”
(Let us defend the motherland from being colonised by cheaters and corrupt people. Do not be a coward or else our children and grandchildren will piss on our graves.)
In another text message, Zaidi wrote: “Sama2 lah kita berdoa agar Allah SWT memberi petunjuk dan hidayah kepada kita semua serta dilindungi negara kita yang tercinta ini dari diperintah oleh Si Penzalim, Pemfitnah, Perasuah, Penipu dan Penganjur Program2 Maksiat“.
(Let us pray that Allah gives us divine guidance to defend this land that we love from tyrants, liars, corrupt leaders and organisers of sinful programmes)
The trial has been fixed for April 8, 9 and 10.