Friday, January 16, 2015

No regrets, I won’t be part of lies, says Major Zaidi

BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA

Major Zaidi Ahmad told a forum last night he had no regrets over speaking the truth about the indelible ink used in the 13th general election. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, January 16, 2015.

Major Zaidi Ahmad told a forum last night he had no regrets over speaking the truth about the indelible ink used in the 13th general election. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, January 16, 2015.
Major Zaidi Ahmad who was sacked by the military court on Monday for breaching discipline told a forum last night he had no regrets about his act of complaining about the indelible ink which washed off during the last general election.
“They (the government) said the ink was indelible but later I found out it was washable. I do not want to be part of the lies. I am a Muslim and it is my responsibility to tell the truth. I have no regrets about telling the truth,” he said.
The forum organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) featured constitutional expert professor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari and Bar Council vice-president Steven Thiru as well as coalition chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.
Zaidi, who was invited to give an opening address and to share his thoughts on the trial, thanked Bersih for its support throughout the process.
"True friends are hard to come by and Bersih is a true friend that has been there since the beginning," he said.
Zaidi had lodged a police report on the indelible ink after the 13th general election and was subsequently hauled up for disciplinary action. He was found guilty for sharing classified information with the media after a trial which lasted for over a year.
During the forum, some questioned his motive for wearing his full uniform when he lodged the report as he had done it on his day off.
“I am proud to be in the service and proud to serve the country so I wore my full uniform. I do not think what I did was wrong,” he said.
“After lodging the report I was put in cold storage. I was not allowed to fly and I was transferred out from the Butterworth Air force base.”
He said although many had questioned his move not to appeal the decision, he would rather be out and serving the country freely than continue in the service and be deprived of his right to speak freely.
He said after his dismissal on Monday, he had received a few job offers from kind-hearted Malaysians.
"There were a few job offers but I would like to work independently. Maybe do a small business which will allow me the time to serve my country in a way I know how," he told The Malaysian Insider after the forum last night.
Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz said that Zaidi‘s sacking was unacceptable.
"This is not a time of war. It is not like Zaidi refused to shoot an enemy while in the line of duty under the direction of his superior. This (breaching the standing orders) happened during peace time. I do not see the logic in sacking him," he said.
He said the country had a Federal Constitution and that Zaidi had merely exercised his right as a Malaysian citizen.
He also advised the public not to be fooled by the news published by some mainstream media.
"They portrayed Zaidi as someone who went against his superior," he said.
Last night’s forum also saw Bersih launch a donation drive for Zaidi to help him get back on his feet.
Donations may be made to the name of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor at Hong Leong bank account number 03000064902.
Bersih hopes to collect RM50,000 from the donation drive which ends on February 15.
"We want to show that even if you lose your job for fighting for the truth, you will not be left hungry as Malaysian are there to help," said Bersih deputy chairman Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan. – January 16, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/no-regrets-i-wont-be-part-of-lies-says-major-zaidi#sthash.7D6xFCDi.dpuf

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