PETALING JAYA: The National Special Operations Force (NSOF) was a hot topic on social media, albeit for the wrong reasons after netizens noticed that the agency’s motto used English that was well, less than ‘accurate’.
Many, including Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, retweeted a picture of a closeup of the NSOF crest and pointed out that the motto “Speed and Accurate” was grammatically wrong.
Khairy said it should either be “Speed and Accuracy” or “Fast and Accurate”.
“But not this,” he wrote before sharing the picture.
One of Khairy’s followers identified as Hisham suggested that the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka needs to be reprimanded, while another, Nezyrin Iklram said the copywriter should be fired.
Another netizen known as Rin wrote that the bad English on the uniform is the result of those fluent in the language being labelled “arrogant” or “over the top”.
Meanwhile, a tweet by user Tan Sri MamuTm simply said: “Riight…such english. Much wow.”
Yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Razak launched the NSOF which serves as a permanent team to act swiftly against terrorist threats.
The NSOF is a joint initiative involving the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), the police and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), with its personnel seconded to the team.
The first group will serve for at least three years while the next group will serve for at least two years.
The main task of NSOF is to eliminate all forms of terrorism on land, air or in the water and to be always prepared to react quickly against threats.
Meanwhile, still on social media, some people have also questioned the existence of the NSOF, wanting to know if it is a new “army” under the purview of the controversial National Security Council (NSC) Act, which is led by the prime minister.