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Jeneral Zulkifeli should be sacked by our King as the Defence Forces Chief

“The people need to show their support for the army’s role in the country. How can we be loyal to you if you are disloyal to us?” Jen Zulkifeli asked.

Neither we ask Jen Zulkifeli be loyal to rakyat or we rakyat be loyal to you or army.

As the Defence Forces Chief, he should fully aware that the loyalty of army personnel and rakyat is always toward the king and nation, never to the army or himself or anyone other than the king.

His public statement is totally disloyal and insult to our King under the Malaysia constitution. Asking loyalty to other than the king is a betrayal to the king and nation.

Jeneral Zulkifeli should be sacked by our king as the Defence Forces Chief.

‘The army is apolitical’

By YUEN MEIKENG

KUALA LUMPUR: The army is professional, apolitical and respects the rights of its officers to vote for whomever they want, says Defence Forces chief Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

He expressed disappointment over claims by four ex-soldiers that they were ordered to cast postal votes for other army officers and their wives when they were still in the service.

Dismissing the claims as false, Jen Zulkifeli, however, said he did not blame the former soldiers as he believed they were being used by irresponsible parties which were trying to “take advantage” of the situation.

“This is an act of betrayal.

“Efforts to run us down like this will affect our morale,” Jen Zulkifeli told reporters at Wisma Pertahanan here yesterday.

He also questioned whether the claims were made to taint the army’s image.

“The people need to show their support for the army’s role in the country. How can we be loyal to you if you are disloyal to us?” Jen Zulkifeli asked.

It was reported that the four ex-soldiers had made the claims during a press conference at the PAS headquarters on Wednesday.

They alleged that they had cast the votes for other officers and their wives under the orders of their military superiors when they were in the army decades ago.

Jen Zulkifeli said the army had always respected its officers’ right to vote as enshrined in the Elections Act 1958, Elections (Postal Voting) Regulations 2003.

“Our officers are free to vote for any candidate that they support.

“We have always been transparent in the voting process and we ensure that it is done according to the rules,” he said.

“We are professional and apolitical and we support the government of the day as chosen by the rakyat,” Jen Zulkifeli said.

He said plans to set up Askar Wataniah companies in every parliamentary constituency had also been misunderstood.

“They have no right to cast their votes as absent voters because they are not full-time soldiers.

“They are voluntary soldiers who have to go through the public voting process.

“Their role, which is to back up our full-time soldiers, should not be politicised,” Jen Zulkifeli said.

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