Who is that individual who had ordered the withdrawal of the personal security for Tun Mahathir? Earlier, the personal maids were withdrawn from his house. What else will be withdrawn?
This decision by whosoever is to me so amateurish, irresponsible, undignified and outright demeaning for a former national leader who had led the nation for 22 years, and had brought many economic and social achievements for the nation. Leaders of the world had given him high regards, and Malaysia was once held in high esteem during his leadership. During the 1998 world recession which sparked from the South East Asian contagion, it was Tun Mahathir’s decisive action that saved the economy. Regardless of what he is today, a man who is so out rightly opposed to the present ruling government for reasons that we all know, he certainly does not deserve such an unprincipled treatment by the government.
Now that he is deprived of a personal security, Tun Mahathir is therefore exposed to threats to his personal safety and well being. And if it was intended that he be exposed to threats, then it is incumbent upon all right thinking Malaysians to gather and give him protection wherever he goes.
I don’t think Malaysians who are patriotic would want to see their respected and deeply appreciated former national leader who is leading a call for a better Malaysia, be threatened and weakened in his highly spirited desire for an ultimate change in the current national leadership. Should anything untoward happen (God forbid) to the personal well being of Tun Mahathir, the members of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan will put full blame upon the national leadership and the guardians of law and order, and will demand an investigation to expose the failure of the government of the day.
We in Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan make a firm commitment to defend and protect Tun Mahathir, and that no physical harm should befall upon him at anytime. We also call upon all those that claim themselves to be Patriots to make a similar commitment. One cannot be a ‘patriot’ of this nation if he or she becomes indifferent to national leaders who had served the people, nation and the Rulers of Malaysia.
This latest deprivation of close security service towards Tun Mahathir challenges us Malaysians to show courage and reinforce our belief that defending our rights for a better Malaysia, is a cause that we all rightfully deserve.
Brig Jen DatoMohdArshadRaji (Retired)
Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan