Stay away from terrorism, cadet officers advised

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  • Sunday, 09 Feb 2003

JOHOR BARU: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail advised army cadet officers to not be involved in elements which will create disunity in the country. 

He said there were several groups which used terrorism and religion to achieve their ambitions. 

Those groups had their own agenda and generally it was against the objective of the majority of the people, he said. 

“Therefore, I would like to remind cadet officers to avoid being trapped in a situation which can create disunity and disharmony in the country,” he said. 

Tuanku Sirajuddin’s advice came at a passing-out parade and parchment presentation ceremony for short service commission officers here yesterday. 

Also present were Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal, Armed Forces chief Gen Tan Sri Mohamad Zahidi Zainuddin, army chief Gen Datuk Wira Mohd Shahrum Nordin and Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman. 

A total of 126 army cadet officers, including two cadet officers from Brunei, received their scrolls from Tuanku Sirajuddin. 

The King said army cadets should give their undivided support and change their way of life from civilian to that of a disciplined army. 

He added that they should not forget the service of former army personnel who had defended the country. 

He also urged them to enhance knowledge, especially in information technology and science, to stay competitive globally. 

“Knowledge is important not only to enable the army to become a respected troop but also an asset to the country,” he added. 

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