Knowing the difference between political insecurity and national security

Just days after finding out that friendly countries such as the United States and Australia have been using Kuala Lumpur to snoop, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar revealed that Malaysia has 30 Special Branch policemen based in London.

That has caused both Miinister in the Prime Miinister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and Cheras Unno division chief Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee to get apoplectic and and ask for action to be taken against the Lembah Pantai MP ostensibly for breaking a national secret.

Left out of the diatribe against Nurul Izzah is that she got the information from a public document and she has questioned their work as there was no threat from the British that would warrant such a large presence of the Malaysian intelligence services.

Syed Ali and Shahidan should not infect the rest of Malaysia with their ignorance over what she has done and paint a picture of possible sabotage or treason.

They want action taken against Nurul Izzah for revealing that 30 Special Branch men are in London when it is not a national secret but contained in a public document.

Nurul Izzah’s revelation on the presence of 30 Special Branch men in the UK is sourced from a public document and not an official secret as alleged by a minister. – The Malaysian insider pic, November 15, 2013.
Nurul Izzah’s revelation on the presence of 30 Special Branch men in the UK is sourced from a public document and not an official secret as alleged by a minister. – The Malaysian insider pic, November 15, 2013.
Perhaps they should read what she said, like the rest of Malaysia, before jumping to conclusions. Defending an indefensible just because it is your own government shows a herd mentality.

National security is important business and no Malaysian would want to expose something that can jeopardise the country.

But this does not apply to political insecurity if such intelligence services is being used to spy on fellow citizens.

And perhaps Umno types appreciate being duped by their own leaders. But the rest of us prefer intelligence and diligence from our national leaders and lawmakers.

The question of why there are 30 Special Branch men based in London and the costs of putting them up there has yet to be answered. Instead, we get obfuscation and calls to investigate Nurul Izzah.

That could be the easy way out for some Umno types who can only bluster when flustered to give an answer. That kind of action will not work with the new generation of Malaysians who want to know how public funds are being spent.

Don’t waste time and money to find out how Nurul Izzah knows about the Special Branch men in London. Instead, answer her intelligently or leave it to the more intelligent ones in the government. – November 15, 2013.

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