The proliferation of paramilitary forces (Rela, Natinal Service and now the Territorial Army) in the country is raising more concern by the days: it seems that what the ruling party can’t get by public debates it try to resort to an `organisation’ solution. But the effectiveness of such regimentation solution is open for all to see: BN parties claim memberships in the millions-yet they may not be able to see the same number of votes in some election contests! Certainly a significant section of these memberships on paper are suspect-with membership paid for by others. This preference for the `organisation’ solution shows that the ruling parties are not confident to win the debates in open forum-but can only do `brain washing’ in closed door sessions where the audience are put in some inferior positions and pressured against asking questions freely.
The ineffectiveness of the Biro Tatanegara under the PM department has not convinced the ruling parties strategiests that the days of 1-way communications is numbered in this interactive cyber age?
April 29, 2009 22:31 PM
Territorial Army For Every Constituency Not To Gain Votes
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 (Bernama) — The government’s plan to set up the Territorial Army in all parliamentary constituencies is not the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) strategy to gain postal votes, said Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Latif Ahmad.
He described the claim by certain groups that the setting up of the Territorial Army in every parliamentary constituency was to increase the postal votes for the BN as a ‘political sickness’ because such allegation was unfounded.
“As we all know, the Territorial Army comprises members of the public and are not military personnel. This means that they vote as normal people and not by post,” he told reporters after visiting the National Service Training Department (JLKN) headquarters, here, Wednesday.
On April 13, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had announced the establishment of one battalion of the Territorial Army in all the 22 parliamentary constituencies in an effort to strengthen the national defence system.
Ahmad Zahid had said that the force would consist of 300 men for each platoon comprising the various ethnic groups and the overall total was expected to reach 600,000 within the next five years.
Meanwhile, Abdul Latiff said the JLKN would create an alumni as part of the efforts to strengthen networking between former trainees of the National Service Training Programme.