Don’t allow public to wear military uniforms, says MP

Port Dickson MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah says members of the public should not wear military uniforms. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Defence Ministry has been urged to ensure the public do not wear uniforms of security personnel to ensure the image of the uniformed bodies is highly regarded and respected.

Government backbencher Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (PH-Port Dickson) said members of the public should not be allowed to wear the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) uniforms as they were not security personnel.

“This matter is often brought up to me… on the use of security personnel’s uniforms by the public, either celebrities or politicians.

“If I am an ATM admiral accredited by the Yang Dipertuan Agong, is not permitted to wear military uniforms after retirement, what more for those who have not served in ATM,” he said when debating the address of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

He said the ban prohibiting the public from wearing the uniforms of uniformed bodies, including the army and police, was to safeguard the morale of the serving personnel.

Danyal also advised the ministry to expedite the procurement and purchase of military assets to prevent any scandals relating to corruption from taking place.

“The costs of the procurement process as undertaken by the previous government have burdened the government’s finances by incurring excessive spending,” he said.

The Dewan Rakyat sitting continues tomorrow.