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Published: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:42:25 AM

GE13: Retired army men rally behind Johor Baru MP

JOHOR BARU: Hundreds of retired army personnel assembled to show support for former Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad who will once again contest in the constituency for GE13.

The ex-military men also protested against PKR’s former army chief Tan Sri Md Hashim Hussin, who is set to take on Shahrir, as they slammed Hashim for being ungrateful to the government who has aided the armed forces in many ways.

Malaysian Armed Forces Ex-Servicemen’s Association (PBTM) Johor state chief Onn Mohd Yassin accused Hashim of being greedy and wanting too much from the government.

“Army personnel not only receive benefits as military men but also enjoy benefits that the lay people receive such as the 1-Malaysia Peoples aid (BR1M),” he said during the assembly recently.

Onn added that the armed forces personnel or their widows, who did not receive pension were qualified to attain RM1,000 and could still apply for BR1M.

“This is the reason why we decided to hold a peaceful assembly to show our support to Barisan Nasional (BN) and pledge to campaign for them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Shahrir who was lso present at the assembly, said that Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was only using Hashim as a cover to show the world that his party is filled with high-ranking people that oppose the government.

“It is all a ‘wayang’ (drama) to create an image that the government is well opposed by a wide range of professionals including ex-military,” he said.

Shahrir also commented that Pakatan Rakyat’s promise to decrease price of petrol and other items will only lead to an economic crisis, and eventually the country would fall to the hands of other countries.

He also said that the 1Malaysia aid was handed out so that citizens from all walks of life could enjoy the benefits.

“What’s the point of reducing the price of petrol when there are many, who do not even own a vehicle,” he questioned adding that voters should evaluate before casting their votes.

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Politics, Johor Baru, election, protest, army, PKR, GE13

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