PETALING JAYA: We all know our politicians are a strange breed. Every now and then we hear politicians screaming that “the defence budget iwas passed without any debate”. Well this week and last was the time to debate about the defence budget and what happened? No one bothered of course.
You can bet that if next year, they proceed with the MRCA purchase, one smart aleck will start screaming again…sheesh.
Why is it so hard to ask? Again its above my pay grade but below are sample questions for the Defence Minister. It will not be hard the minister to answer the questions, it does not affect operational secrecy. Of course they (MPs) can ask anything but godammit ask, you may get an answer!
1) Why does Mindef needs 15,000 civilian staff?
2) Can you tell us how the defence allocation is divided among the services? Of the amount allocated how much money is for remuneration, operations etc
3) A small number of non-Malays served in the Armed Forces. Has the Armed Forces gotten around to ask them why they join the service?
4) Some 100,000 National Service trainees are selected each year. Why couldnt the Armed Forces conduct a survey to determine why the younger generation shunned the services?
Ex-servicemen with one-day service can also gain under Veteran’s Act
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 08:49:00
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Act will ensure ex-servicemen were better taken care off, even if their service was only for a day, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
He said the Act, which was approved by the Cabinet last Friday and would be tabled at the next Parliament sitting, only required members to register as veterans.
“Even those who served the armed forces for only a day, will also get to enjoy benefits under this Act,” he said when winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2011 in the Dewan Rakyat today.
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