Why such allegations? (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Perak Pas deputy Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin must apologise if he is proven to have made wild allegations against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Malaysian Armed Forces(MAF), says DAP national deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw.
Nizar is under investigation for reportedly accusing Najib of attempting to conspire with MAF to do ‘something if the Barisan Nasional loses in the next general election.
“I am not sure if he (Nizar) really made those allegations but if he said such things and it is not true, he must apologise.
“This should never happen in a democratic nation like Malaysia. I believe MAF will not get involved in politics should there be a change of government in the upcoming elections,’’ Dr Tan told The Mole.
Nizar who is Perak Opposition leader had also claimed that the military chiefs had disagreed with Najib, sparking a heated argument with the Prime Minister.
Yayasan 1Malaysia board of trustees chairman Dr Chandra Muzaffar said Nizar's statement was aimed at discrediting the government.
“I think this is a serious issue, and I think MAF did the right thing by lodging a police report.
“Nizar subsequently said he was only asking a question, which is a ‘lie’. The fact remains he made an assertion about the government’s involvement with the armed forces,” Dr Chandra explained.
Dr Chandra who is also a professor of Global Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) said the Government had made it clear that the military are not influenced by politics and politicians as such interference would be detrimental to the country.
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Law lecturer Mohamad Faisol Keling said the Pas leader’s accusation against the Government was a ‘dangerous statement’.
“People must understand that Pakatan Rakyat is an issue ‘creator.’ If the BN wins in the elections, the armed forces will not be involved in government as it has been since Merdeka in 1957.
“Likewise, if the opposition wins in the upcoming elections, they have to realise the military will not help them in governing this country,’’ Faisol stressed.
A blog post at selamatkanrakyatselangor said Nizar’s accusations were baseless.
The blogger stated MAF chief General Tan Sri Zulkefli Mohd Zin in a press conference on April 27 expressed MAF's disappointment on the accusation because there had been a motive to downgrade the PM’s credibility and that of MAF.