|Major Zaidi Ahmad, RMAF|
The officer tasked with maintaining the standing orders that an Air Force major is accused of violating by publicising weaknesses with the indelible ink used during Election 2013 told a court martial today that even he did not read the military rules in full.
Instead, Captain Raja Zulmaulana Raja Hassan, the sixth prosecution witness in the trial of Major Zaidi Ahmad, told the military court that he had merely read the subheadings of the standing orders, and only from sections A to N.
This is despite him being tasked with keeping and maintaining a copy of the standing orders for his unit as well as to explain the directives to air force members who would go to him to read the rulebook.
He also conceded that there were directives for every member of the Air Force to read and understand the standing orders issued in full.
“Most of them who came to read the standing orders spent at least 30 minutes each but most can’t finish reading the whole thing,” he told the court when he was cross-examined by Zaidi’s lawyer, Hanipa Maidin.
When asked if anyone could read the standing orders in full within half an hour, he said “impossible”.