Monday, May 25, 2015

Follow-up on the news

Ex-Maj Zaidi Ahmad, RMAF
Remember Malaysian Air Force Major Zaidi Ahmad, who was convicted by a court-martial for going public with information about the ineffectiveness of the so-called indelible ink used (in theory) to prevent vote fraud? He's back in the news: the political party with which he is affiliated, PAS (the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party) is making noises about expelling him for campaigning against the incumbent party leadership:
Former Royal Malaysian Air Force officer Major Zaidi Ahmad said he was ready to be investigated for allegedly breaching party discipline while campaigning for the PAS elections. 
Zaidi is currently campaigning for Ahmad Awang, who is contesting for the PAS president’s post in the coming PAS Muktamar (general assembly) in June, as the latter’s special officer. 
Certain quarters claimed that the campaigning by Zaidi had caused unhappiness among the supporters of incumbent PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang
Zaidi said supporters of Abdul Hadi had been calling for his sacking as they were unable to handle any criticism at all against their leader. 
“It is normal for a candidate to promote his own strengths while highlighting the weaknesses of his opponents. 
“For me, the sacking is not an issue as I am confident that I have not breached any party discipline, including prohibitions against slander and personal attacks,” he told The Rakyat Post.

He added PAS was in need of a new leadership to ensure that it survived and continued to gain support. 
Zaidi also said that a new leadership would ensure that gains made under the late PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat could be maintained while making sure that PAS remained in Pakatan Rakyat to face the next General Election. 
Zaidi was a pilot instructor flying the F-5E fighter jet before he got into trouble for lodging a police report about the “indelible” ink during the 2013 General Election. 
He lost his job when a military court found him guilty of breaking protocol over the indelible ink issue.

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