Sunday, July 30, 2006

M'sian Armed Forces privatised already-meh ?

In the context of police investigation into the attack on Tun Dr. Mahathir, the New Straits Times today reported that (QUOTE) " Police have recorded statements from 27 people, including seven soldiers from the Eighth Brigade Infantry here, hired to protect Dr. Mahathir" (UNQUOTE). What ? ! Ordinary citizens can now HIRE soldiers as personal bodyguards ? !

What is the rate? RM or USD 150 per hour ? Any extra charge after midnight or on Saturdays and Sundays? Any discount for hiring 10 or more?

What is the arrangment to split the fees between the soldiers and their units?

Can rich dads and moms now rent or hire tanks or armoured vehicles to send their kids to schools every morning to ensure the safety of their loved ones? How much?

If we can hire soldiers from nearby barracks as bodyguards, why do our jewelry shops and banks still have to import Gurkhas from faraway Nepal as Jaga Pintu (JPs)?

Time for Defence Minister Najib to enlighten us publicly on this reported 'Revolution in Military Affairs' (RMA) in the Malaysian Armed Forces .


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