Kaum Cina dan Tentera

 

1. Saya sertakan di bawah pandangan En. LSH, seorang berketurunan Cina mengenai sikap kaum Cina berkhidmat sebagai tentera di negara ini. Beliau sendiri adalah seorang anggota tentera. Maka pandangannya sebagai kaum Cina yang berkhidmat dalam pasukan tentera Malaysia does carry certain weight.

 

2. Banyak points telah beliau senaraikan. Terpulanglah kepada para pembaca, Bumi dan Bukan Bumi, ‘mengunyahnya’.

3. Be mindful pula mengenai sistem dan amalan pengambilan anggota tentera di negara-negara lain seperti China, India, Singapura dan USA serta layanan yang diberikan terhadap para anggota mereka yang berlainan kumpulan etnik, warna kulit dan agama.

4. Bagaimana pula di Malaysia? Inilah pengakuan ikhlas En. LSH:

“Apa yang saya mahu katakan di sini, walaupun saya seorang anggota tentera yang berketurunan Cina, saya tidak rasa menyesal. Saya sudah lama di dalam pasukan tentera, tidak pernah dipandang rendah ataupun dihina, saya juga pernah mendapat biasiswa dari pasukan tentera.”

5. Kepada mereka yang masih memiliki fancy and romantic thoughts dan terus memuja ‘hujan emas di negara orang’ dan menghina ‘hujan batu di negara sendiri’, eloklah saya petik pengalaman pahit yang dialami oleh seorang pegawai kanan kita yang berhijrah ke Australia:

“…he (Mr Jegathesan) started his life in Australia as a taxi driver,…They did not recognize his experience in the Malaysian civil service and he felt he was under a glass ceiling in Australia that was lower than any he could find in Malaysia”.

Page 152, My Life and Times – A Memoir by Ramon V. Navaratnam

6. Tentu ada yang setuju dan ada pula yang tidak setuju. Accepted… because we should respect differing views and do recognize heterogeneous life experiences.

Nanyang Siangpao
Perkara: Anggota Tentera Kaum Keturunan Cina?
Ruangan: Opinion Yuanlun muka surat A20
Tarikh: 16 November 2010 (Selasa)

Tajuk:
Saya Seorang Anggota Tentera
Penulis Lim Siew Ho

Menteri pertahanan Zahid Hamidi berkata, dalam tempoh 2 tahun ini kementerian pertahanan membuat pengambilan seramai 903 orang anggota tentera masuk berkhidmat dalam pasukan tentera bersenjata, hanya 26 orang sahaja kaum keturunan Cina.

Sebab-sebab orang-orang Cina tidak mahu menjadi tentera kerana terlalu khuatir latihan yang berat semasa dalam rekrut, gaji yang sedikit, biasanya pihak keluarga tidak galakkan dan orang-orang Cina sendiri kurang kepada semangat cintakan tanah air. Masalah ini memang sudah lama diperbincangkan dalam masyarakat Cina, tetapi sehingga ke hari ini berita seperti itu terus senyap tidak ada penghujungnya.

Pasukan tentera bersenjata terbahagi kepada tentera laut, udara dan darat, jika pengambilan dalam masa 2 tahun ini hanya dapat 26 orang anggota tentera kaum keturunan Cina, ia bermakna hanya 13 orang setiap tahun kaum Cina yang menjadi anggota tentera. Di bahagian tentera laut dan udara mungkin lebih ramai bilangan kaum Cina, di bahagian tentera darat mungkin terlalu sedikit.

Saya sendiri sebagai tentera darat, saya ditemuduga di Ipoh, pada masa itu seramai 300 orang yang temuduga hanya saya seorang berketurunan Cina. Akhirnya saya diterima masuk, pada tahun 1989 saya dilatih di Port Dicksion, pada masa itu seramai 3014 pelatih dan hanya 2 orang sahaja yang berketurunan Cina. Selepas tamat latihan, saya ditempatkan di unit kereta kebal. Di dalam tentera darat ada banyak unit, contohnya unit RAMD dan unit pasukan diraja dan sebagainya.

Pemimpin Masyarakat Cina Tidak Beri Galakkan

Pada Mar 2004, saya ditukarkan ke Armored Training Centre di PD sebagai jurulatih. Slogan unit kereta kebal pada masa itu ialah “Bersatu”. Nama bersatu itu kerana pada masa dahulu di zaman British pasukan ini mempunyai anggota pelbagai kaum, dan juga ia ditubuhkan selepas tidak lama kita Merdeka.

Tetapi pada tahun 60an, pihak komunis bersengketa dengan pihak kerajaan, apabila pihak kerajaan buat pengambilan anggota tentera, ramai orang-orang Cina lari, ada yang lari balik ke negeri Cina.

Semasa saya menjadi jurulatih di PD, saya pernah melatih 2 orang berketurunan kaum Cina, dan berketurunan kaum India pula tidak sampai 10 orang, selainnya anggota tentera bumiputera.

Pada pandangan saya, kaum keturunan Cina tidak mahu jadi anggota tentera kerana tidak dapat galakkan dari pihak keluarga dan masyarakat Cina itu sendiri. pemimpin-pemimpim kaum Cina langsung tidak galakkan anak-anak kaum keturunan Cina menjadi tentera, kerana saudara mara mereka tidak ada yang menjadi tentera, sebab itu mereka tidak mahu dituduh cakap tidak serupa bikin.

Saya yakin jika kaum Cina menjadi anggota tentera, sudah tentu lebih baik daripada kaum-kaum lain.

Parti Politik Mahupun Pembangkang Tidak Ada Inisiatif

Saya percaya, kata-kata menteri pertahanan berkata tidak pernah ada orang-orang bukan Melayu yang menjadi tentera, itu bukan menjadi sebab. Kerana selama ini menteri perumahan dan kerajaan tempatan disandang oleh orang-orang berketurunan Cina, tetapi kenapa di dalam pasukan Bomba sangat kurang kaum keturunan Cina.

Sebaliknya, jika di dalam mana mana jabatan berkurangan anggotanya seperti orang-orang Melayu, pihak kerajaan akan segerakan buat pengambilan, sebagai pemimpin kita perlu selesaikannya, mungkin ia boleh berlaku sistem pengambilan kuota.

Sebaliknya dalam masyarakat Cina sama ada mereka ini parti pembangkang atau bukan, mereka semuanya tidak ada sebarang insiatif untuk kerarah itu. Masyarakat Cina seperti telah terputus hubungan dengan negara ini dan jabatan-jabatan kerajaan.

Orang-orang Melayu sekurang-kurangnya berpengalaman 2 hingga 3 generasi yang menjadi anggota tentera untuk menjaga keselamatan negara ini. Mereka berkata, orang Cina cari duit bermati-matian, jika negara ini tidak aman orang-orang Cina boleh pergi berhijrah. Dalam keadaan seperti ini, bagaimana mereka boleh beri orang-orang Cina sama rata?

Hari ini, PLKN telah dilaksanakan selama beberapa tahun, kami harap projek ini akan dapat tarik minat kaum keturunan Cina menjadi anggota tentera. Tidak disangka keadaan itu tetap sama sahaja, tidak ada kaum keturunan Cina kerana telah mendapat latihan di PLKN mahu menjadi anggota tentera.

Apa yang saya mahu katakan di sini, walaupun saya seorang anggota tentera yang berketurunan Cina, saya tidak rasa menyesal. Saya sudah lama di dalam pasukan tentera, tidak pernah dipandang rendah ataupun dihina, saya juga pernah mendapat biasiswa dari pasukan tentera.

Saya harap muda mudi kaum keturunan kaum Cina berubahlah sikap dan pemikiran yang ada, masuklah pasukan tentera, berkihdmat untuk negara ini, saya sanggup beri bimbingan dan nasihat kepada anak-anak muda ini.

Saya cintakan negara ini, saya bangga dengan tugas dan tanggungjawab saya!

 

  1. #1 by chegu det on November 22, 2010 - 1:02 am

    Saya sebenarnya sangat kagum dengan kenyataan En. lim, sebenarnya apa yang en. lim cakapkan memang itulah realitinya.. saya berharap pemikiran mengatakan menjadi tentera tidak menjamin kerjaya yang baik adalah satu pemikiran terlalu tertutup.. hiduplah dengan bersatu.. jika keadilan yang diinginkan oleh semua pihak, bukan hanya satu pihak sahaja yang perlu berkorban.. Bersamalah kita jadikan negara kita merdeka selamanya… Hidup MALAYSIA!!!

  2. #2 by sputjam on November 22, 2010 - 8:55 am

    a) If the army is race neutral, why is there a malay regiment and senoi praaq in the armed services? If the armed forces wishes to maintain these, then why not include regiment for other races?

    b) govenrment services like the armed forces/hospitals, seldom consider the dietary haibts of others. There are hindus and biddhist who do not eat cow meat and there are vegetarians.

    c) Why is it the deputy mnister of defence has not apologised nor resigned over his statement? The arrogance of some minister is what caused many to vote for any other alternative. Arrogance in govenrment policies include not giving students and parents a choice in choosing the the language to be used in schools, which discriminates the english speaking community in Malaysia.

    d) The enrollment process into the police and army discriminates the non-malay speaking community by insisting a credit in BM. If this condition is not impose, I am sure many more will volunteer to join the army and pilice, as long as they uinderstand and speak the language. Only by embracing these non-malay speakers, will you encourage more to speak the language.

    • #3 by Selamba rock on November 22, 2010 - 10:50 am

      Sputjam,… yada yada yada… bla bla bla..excuses excuses excuses..

      admit it.. your kind are not partiotic enough. patriotism won’t see all the things you said as hurdles.

      cannot speak BM to enter the army? Learn BM then! IT IS YOUR national language ok!

      One minister’s misstatement causing you not to enter the army? Why? Your hatred to him is greater than your love for the country? bloody fool lah you.

      Food issues also become a question? U think all the millions of places in Malaysia caters for vegetarians and Hindus only? If you don’t eat cows, then don’t eat it lah! choose a different food on the buffet line! what’s the problem?

      Excuses..excuses..excuses.. yada yada yada.. bla bla bla from Sputjam the Bozo.

      • #4 by dinturtle on November 22, 2010 - 12:30 pm

        Hahahahaha…. U ROCK Bro ! EVERYTHING also must discuss wan… what la, EVERYTHING also not satisfied ! EVERYONE also got to hear ur complaints..

        Mr Siput, tell us a few things about Malaysia or Malays that u guys have NO complaints ?

      • #5 by Selamba dangdut on November 22, 2010 - 4:25 pm

        Sometimes I wonder what are the contributions of their kind to this country. On the academic front, they and their worthless Don Key Kong chinese certs school certs are doomed to further alienization and failures, joining namawee and the likes. No nobel-prize-winning ahbeng so far despite the so-called academic superiority of their schools.

        On the business front, their tycoons are just another bunch tongkat-dependents investing their profits elsewhere while they milk the malaysian rakyat dry in their monopolised market place. As for those those average business owners, their lack of business ethics are despicable, tipu sana-sini, songlap sana-sini, wherever they do business you can expect extorting gangsters, sleazy masseurs and dirty streets with people parking haphazardly.

        What else? Volunteers during natural disasters? Mana ada, semua melayu. They only “fight” in cadle-light vigils near the starbucks cafes, or at half a planet away in front of Malaysian embassy London where no one gives a damn. Seriously, I cant think of any good of their existence. They have it so good here in Malaysia, but yet offer nothing in return and even has the audacity so say that they are discriminated against.

    • #6 by tebing tinggi on November 22, 2010 - 12:48 pm

      Oh yeah now there is ia suggestion to esteblish ,Rejimen Askar Cina ,Rejimen Askar India ,how that name sound like ? ,adding to the exisitance of Rejimen Askar Melayu ,yet another twisted excuse which many of your kind are very good at !.

      To be frank ,the Malay has prove that they are able to defend this country,thier track record had proof that ,no need to mention each and every one of it,after all they had protect this counrtry fo 53 years withot much asistant from the chinese or indian.

      So if you dont want to do with anything that assoiate with the goverment , be it ! .

      The Malay are always redy to secrifice anything fo thier country.

      1sekolah>1bahasa>1Malaysia

    • #7 by OnDaStreet on November 25, 2010 - 9:33 pm

      Sputjam..
      Please read the history of how RAMD being formed in the frist place.

      Secondly, just wondering, if non-bumis not really interested to join the Army, how much strenght there is if there’s any special Batalion of Rejimen Askar Cina India DiRaja (if there’s any such)?

      ~ OnDaStreet

  3. #8 by Malaysian Malay on November 22, 2010 - 7:18 pm

    Selamba Dangdut, if you ask them.. they will say they pay tax what… hahaha as if Malays tak bayar tax.. infact Indon workers pun bayar tax!

    Typical typical.. their kind thinks that money is everything that’s why they think money can solve everything too.. They pay tax what.. so that equals patriotism in their dictionary ;p

  4. #9 by sputjam on November 25, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    now i hear that nons application to teachers training colleges in are actually dumped.
    So if there is any queries, there adminstrators simply say that there are no non applications, or very minimal.

    if they can do this at teachers training colleges, they can do the same at pusat latihan police and the armed forces.

    • #10 by Hailat on November 29, 2010 - 4:20 pm

      WAKAKAKAKA…

      another hearsay from the seditious SPUTJAM…

      WAKAKAKAKAKAKAKA…

  5. #11 by limkitkat on November 26, 2010 - 8:50 am

    who said the Chinese pay most taxes?

    it is PETRONAS, Malay-led institution is paying most of taxes in the country.

    the chinese should be grateful to Malay and PETRONAS.

    giving citizenship to Chinese means the Malay is willing to share the wealth of resources in this Malay land with Chinese.

    but how Chinese pay back?

    they become ultrakiasu. even with 40% wealth in their hands compared to 20% with Malays, they still want more and more.

    im regret that our grandfathers had decided to grant free citizenship to these ultrakiasu. they dont deserve courtesy as they themselves have no courtesy to other ppl.

    all they care about is money, money and money…by all means!

    • #13 by Hailat on November 29, 2010 - 3:33 pm

      WAKAKAKAKA… another round of excuses on why the cowards do not want to join the army..

      WAKAKAKAKAKAKA!!!

      two malaysian army men burned the cross in Bosnia in response to the Serbian catholic armies that has raped and murdered hundreds of thousands bosnian muslims back then…

      AND THIS IS WHAT CPI ASIA WROTE AS AN EXCUSE NOT TO JOIN THE ARMY

      WAKAKAKAKAK… sudah la sputjam…

      no need to say anything already laah. we all know your kind are cowards.

  6. #14 by anon on November 29, 2010 - 2:12 am

    Tentera Darat India mempunyai rejimen-rejimen yang berasaskan etnik. Rejimen-rejimen itu ialah Rajput, Jat, Sikh Light Rifles, Dogra dan sebagainya. Jeneral VK Singh yang mengetuai Tentera Darat India sekarang berbangsa Rajput. Dia pernah berkhidmat dalam Bn 2 Rejimen Rajput. Rejimen Jat dianggotai oleh etnik Jat.

  7. #15 by Mayday on November 30, 2010 - 6:45 am

    HANYA UNTUK BERKONGSI PENGETAHUAN…. BAGAIMAN TANGGAPAN/SIKAP KERAJAAN SINGAPURA YANG SENTIASA MERAGUI KESETIAAN ORANG MELAYU:

    A question of loyalty: the Malays in Singapore

    NEARLY 13 years ago, then Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew triggered a debate about Malay loyalty with televised comments he made before a university audience (December 1986). Lee stated that the government had taken two opinion polls prior to and following the visit of Israeli President Chiam Herzog (November 1986) to the republic.

    The poll found that the number of Malay respondents who were not against the visit fell sharply from one poll to the next, while the proportion of non-Malays who did not oppose the visit rose marginally.

    Lee interpreted this to mean that “in certain circumstances, the Malay Singaporeans react with the emphasis on Malay/Muslim rather than Singaporean.

    An article in the Far Eastern Economic Review Asia 1998 Yearbook (pg 222f) says, “To Lee this came down to a question of loyalty : “Are we sure that in a moment of crisis, when the heat is on, we are all together heart to heart? I hope so. But we ought to have a fallback position and quickly fill up all the missing hearts if some go missing.”

    The same article says, “In February 1987, Lee’s son commented further on the status of the Malays in an open forum on why Malays do not hold sensitive positions in the armed forces. Explaining that there are no Malay fighter pilots, for example, because their religion might conflict with their duty to Singapore, he provoked a backlash of criticism from the Muslim community in addition to Singapore’s Muslim neighbours.”

    The article goes on to say, “these statements represented some of the most frank public commentaries ever made by Singapore’s political leaders on the role of the Malays, which continues to stir emotions among the Malay community.”

    As recently as September 18, Mr Lee, speaking at a Singapore 21 forum said, the reality is that while Singapore has made progress in integrating the different races, certain emotional bonds are instinctive and cannot be removed overnight. (Straits Times September 19, 1999)

    Asked by a polytechnic student if Singapore could overcome this and become a nation, Mr Lee said: “Yes, I think so, over a long period of time and selectively. We must not make an error.

    “If, for instance, you put in a Malay officer who’s very religious and who has family ties in Malaysia in charge of a machine gun unit, that’s a very tricky business.

    “We’ve got to know his background. I’m saying these things because they are real, and if I didn’t think that, and I think even if today the Prime Minister doesn’t think carefully about this, we could have a tragedy.”

    “So, these are problems which, as poly students, you’re colour-blind to, but when you face life in reality, it’s a different proposition.”

    Reports in the Singapore media this year refuting Indonesian Presidents Habibie’s remarks in February that Singapore was racist because Malays could not become military officers only stated that there are Malay officers in the armed forces.

    The reports made no reference to the documented remarks (above) of the two Lees regarding Malay loyalty.

    The reports also did not state:

    * 1. if Malays hold sensitive positions in the armed forces;
    * 2. if any Malay officers in the Singapore air force are fighter pilots; and
    * 3. if the Lees have changed their expressed position regarding loyalty of the Malays.

    While meritocracy is still maintained in the island and the Singapore armed forces appoints and promotes Malays, there is no evidence that Malay Singaporeans hold sensitive positions in the Singapore armed forces.

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  8. #16 by Bangsa ku on February 2, 2013 - 10:57 am

    Ini adalah satu artikel untuk kesedaran kaum cina..

  9. #17 by haziqsoviet on April 12, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    semua rakyat tak kira bangsa & agama & ideologi wajib bertanggungjawab mempertahankan kedaulatan negara ni,kalau ada conscription kat malaysia ni,mesti ramai cina india jadi tentera,sebab dipaksa join armed forces,ahahaha!

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