A heroic whistleblower is convicted

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Update: Major Zaidi has been dismissed from the air force.

Major Zaidi obviously believed that the truth would set us free when he highlighted what many Malaysians were realising during GE13 – that the indelible ink was not really indelible. But this morning a military court found him guilty of two charges of violating protocol in speaking to the media without approval.

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It is a sad day for Malaysia, when someone has to pay such a heavy price for going public with the truth.

This is an excerpt from the Insider’s report on the outcome:

After pronouncing Zaidi guilty, the panel allowed him to produce a witness to support his appeal for a lighter sentence and gave him time to address the military panel.

Zaidi charged the panel with having a political agenda, and said they were more concerned with “filling their stomachs” than using their heads.

This caused the court to interrupt his speech. As he continued speaking, he was stopped again and told to respect the court.

This prompted Zaidi to end his speech abruptly, telling the court that he had nothing more to say if he was not allowed the freedom to speak.

“I have nothing more to say. Jumpa nanti di mahkamah Allah (meet again in Allah’s court),” he said.

Clearly, Major Zaidi felt that making the truth known is a higher calling.

The Bersih delegation, from left: Anil Netto (Aliran), Maria Chin Abdullah (Empower/Bersih chair), Toh Kin Woon (Lim Lian Geok Foundation/Aliran/Bersih northern region vice-chair), Major Zaidi Ahmad, Adam Adli (Bersih secretariat), Mustafa Basri (Ikram). Another member of the delegation Mandeep Singh of Bersih is not in the photo.
The Bersih delegation, from left: Anil Netto (Aliran), Maria Chin Abdullah (Empower/Bersih chair), Toh Kin Woon (Lim Lian Geok Foundation/Aliran/Bersih northern region vice-chair), Major Zaidi Ahmad, Adam Adli (Bersih secretariat), Mustafa Basri (Ikram). Another member of the delegation Mandeep Singh of Bersih is not in the photo.

Even before the GE13 incident, Major Zaidi was a decorated hero awarded the Kesatria Angkatan Tentera for his services in Bosnia under a UN peacekeeping force,

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But what made him heroic in the eyes of many Malaysians was that he knew the price he would have to pay for speaking the truth. This ‘truth force’ is what Gandhi called satyagraph or the insistence on the truth. Gandhi said this drive for the truth could be “offered at any place, at any time, and by any person, even though he may be in a minority of one”.

This is what Zaidi put into practice. In doing so, he was ready, prepared to sacrifice everything, so that the truth would prevail, for a higher cause: the greater good of the nation and its people.

For that, Malaysians owe him a huge debt of gratitude. We haven’t seen the last of this chapter.

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23 COMMENTS

      • The flow of justice will surely not be impeded by the sediments of injustice if it is not impeded by the rule of law.

  1. More than 10 millions have voted in the last GE. Everybody knows what indelible ink is. As such this is not whistleblowing and when the military charged Zaidi it is not about the truth, freedom or democracy but protocol, rules and regulation which is the same throughout the world including the US. Have not the US and the West done worse ???

    • gk ong : What reasoning do you expect. Do you expect to say that it is his right and freedom. If he try doing that in your grandfather company or place, I doubt you will say it is NST tale.

    • But I love to hear evil stories like kisah-kisah seram MJ12 @ Ria 89.7FM (tiap-tiap malam 12).
      DJ KC best betul di Singapura!
      Takut jangan, hukum Seditious tak de.

    • The punishment is to send message to all army, air force and navy personnel to ikut perintah of the regime to safeguard their ricebowl and duit pencen.

      • gk ong ; The punishment is not to send the message to all army, air force and navy personnel to ikut the perintah of the regime.

        Please use your brain.

        The punishment is to send message to all army, air force and navy personnel to ikut perintah of the Military. Order and Protocol.

        It is the same throughout the world. Don`t politicise the issue like Pakatan and DAP.

      • khayin : I am only interested in protocol and rule of law and Zaidi has committed an act of insubordination in the military. As a past officer of the army, I cannot condone insubornation or it may lead to further indisciplne. This is not about freedom of speech or rights or NST. By the way I have not read NST for more than 20 years. Lets not take the govt. Lets take an example of a private organization or a society. Does the employees has the rights to make media statement on behalf of the society or company if he is not authorize to do so. Like I said in the military you cannot do as you like. Thats is the first fundamental protocol of the army, air force or navy.

      • They sacked him because they need this as a warning and scare so that no one else dare to repeat this. But I believe strongly that they will fail to do so because Zaidi’s integrity & passion for truth even he’s being wronged and oppressed will spur others to even do greater to fight for this cause.

  2. Every institution has its protocol, rules and regulation be it the military, university or government service. The military is one of the most important institution in that it safe guard the security of the country that brought about peace to the people in order that they can prosper. As a past military officer I know what its like to be a disciplined force.. You cannot simply go in or out of the camp as you like, you cannot be absent as you like and you cannot simply talk as you like and you cannot simply act as you like

    Zaidi has broken military protocol and can be considered a traitor for speaking out or divulging information without authority from the top. Can we afford to have such indiscipline. His action could undermine the military authority and security of the country and people. The military did right in giving him the sack. In fact such action can result in jail term but the military has been lenient. We cannot let such action go unpunished.

    • What about that surat sokong sent to FBI to save the alleged K14 gambling kingpin, without the knowledge the cabinet?

      • gk ong : Good question. Has the Home Minister broken any protocol !!!!. As home minister his job is to interact with local and foreign office and he is just doing his job. What he has done is right or wrong is subjective and depend on the content of the letter written. Moreover we never really see the actual contents of the letter with the exception of hearsay and big mouth from the DAP fellows.

        Please understand between protocol and doing the job. There is no need for to inform the cabinet with the exception of matter on policy. If every minister have to keep informing the cabinet, there will be no job done. He does not even have to report to the PM except on matter of national interest and policy.

  3. Having read this article, the readers must understand why Anil sometimes being less critical despite having insider juicy info which he is careful not to openly wrote them out. Being heroic is admirable while rice bowl must not be taken away.

    However. Anil can continue to be shrewd to highlight the critical matter to reach out to expecting readers?

    • Sometimes, the news is adequately covered online elsewhere, and there is nothing much to add to what has been reported when people can see clearly what is happening if they go online.

      There are plenty of links to such news reports on the sidebar of this blog, and readers too can submit their alerts now. One online journalist told me that some of the news websites have a problem because their reports turn out to be almost similar as they cover more or less the same events.

      I try to cover developments or analyse issues that are perhaps inadequately dealt with elsewhere.

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