18th October 2018
OUR NATIONAL SECURITY CANNOT BE COMPROMISED
The spate of news reported by Singapore Straits Times on Malaysian affairs with speed and often with exclusive details should arouse concerns in all aspects of security. These concerns include electronic eavesdropping, hidden camera, a mole in the office, and the need for revetting of personnel in the Finance Ministry, other key ministries, and Prime Minister’s Department.
The latest of the Straits Times reports, ‘Looming $70m 1MDB interest payment is key test for Malaysia (7 Oct)’, ‘Malaysia’s 1MDB debt to Abu Dhabi may have ballooned (14 Oct)’, and the editor’s standing by their reports that are based on “highly placed and reliable sources”; are all telling. Previously the Straits Times was also fast in reporting what transpired between the Malaysian and China leaders during Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s visit to China last August. During the height of the media explosive coverage of the notorious 1MDB episodes the past two years, the Straits Times was not only quick, but also covered some explosive and exclusive details as well.
Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) is quite concerned about our national security. As retirees of the armed forces and the police, we are well aware of the works of intelligence and counter-intelligence operatives to extract information.
All government officials, including the new ministers and deputy ministers appointed to their portfolios, must be security minded. Being aware of the Official Secrets Act is not good enough. Officials have to be conscious of what they say and to whom even during unofficial and social functions.
Patriot suggests a more thorough security rewetting exercise be carried out on all officials starting with finance, foreign, defence, and home ministries. Our national security cannot be compromised.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan