PETALING JAYA: From the header one would think Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi finally hit the nail on something. But reading the story, one would think otherwise.
Tuesday June 5, 2012
Ahmad Zahid: We want the best brains for the armed forces.
PETALING JAYA: Only the best brains will be accepted as officers into the armed forces, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
The new ruling would apply to officers ranked second lieutenant and above, he added.
“Due to the sophistication and modernisation of our assets and equipment, we need the best brains to operate them.
“Otherwise, we will be left behind compared to other countries,” he said during a visit to Menara Star yesterday.
As the Armed Forces are made up mostly by the other ranks, don’t you think we want everyone to be smart as well? It is no use having a brainy CO, if the NCOs and other rank cannot understand his orders!
And as the Minister was trying to look smart it appears that we are sending our best and brightest overseas!
From the Star also
He is one of two young Malaysians who were picked from hundreds of candidates from 158 countries to receive the RM800,000 scholarship for undergraduate degree programmes at renowned service academies in the United States.
Yes, yet again we are shooting our foot by sending the best and brightest overseas at the tender age of 18 while our neighbours kept theirs to mine their potential and talents. Its a wonderful world right?
– Malaysian Defence