The groom and his bride are passing through a sabre arch.
Now if you’re not a member of the military, then you don’t lah kebas their istiadat silang pedang waktu kahwin.
It belongs to the Angkatan Tentera and is an honour meant for men who really serve, like the guy below.
Actor and actress couple steal military thunder
There was an outcry sometime back when actor Farid Kamil donned a (fake) military uniform during his wedding ceremony with actress Diana Danielle.
or Google the news. Farid and Diana also kebas the crossing of swords ceremony for their wedding. Actually Farid could have been jailed for impersonating an army officer.
Below are Farid and Diana faking military honours they did not deserve.
What it means to be military
Captain (Rtd) Hussaini Abdul Karim explains the oath that they take, which goes something like:
“I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the country and the Constitution of Malaysia, the King and country, against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter.”
He adds that the “oath of allegiance is accompanied by a full-length photo and fingerprints of all ten fingers of the officer and not just the thumbprint as is done in other oath or agreement documents”.
You don’t just sign on the dotted line to join the army. You give all 10 of your fingers to be fingerprinted for the oath. It’s a deadly serious commitment. You must be willing to lay down your life for your country.
Capt. (Rtd) Hussaini says that folks in other countries “respect and honour dearly people in the military and their rights”.
Unfortunately, over here in Malaysia, some VIPs and some showbiz celebrities senang aje nak ambil hak orang.
Military funerals is a pathos for the widows and orphans of slain soldiers.
Honour for soldiers who died defending the nation
Letter to the Press
By Captain (Rtd) Hussaini Abdul Karim
It was the first time in Malaysia that civilians were accorded full military honours.
In any country, “Honouring Those Who Served” is the essence or the only reason when providing dignified military funeral honours to the dead. Military funeral honours are normally accorded to citizens, normally soldiers, who died defending the nation.
In the case of the victims of MAS Flight MH17, shot in Ukraine air space more than a month ago, were they heroes and did they all die defending our country?
It was an unfortunate tragedy that had befallen them and we are all very sad and it is the duty and responsibility of the country to bring the remains of all the victims home and give each of them a decent funeral according to the rituals of their respective religions.
The victims were definitely not heroes and they do not deserve full military honours for their funeral.
If the Defence Ministry had wanted to conduct a funeral with full military honours, they should have done so for the funeral of all the policemen and soldiers who were killed by Sulu rebels in the Lahad Datu incident last year, for example. They all died defending the country.
We saw how The Netherlands handled the matter but they did not do it with full military honours. Yes, we must show respect to the Malaysian victims and try to be better than the Dutch but it is definitely not right to overdo things.
Malaysia could do something similar to what the Dutch have done but definitely not to conduct a show that over do what the Dutch did. Who are we trying to impress?
I know that the military didn’t have the equipment, for example, the 20 ‘Van Jenazah’ for the occasion and they conducted a rush and ‘hush-hush’ exercise to procure the vans and got them within a very short time and I believe all ministries involved were told to give the event the highest priority and spend as they needed to make sure that the event is a success.
Were the millions spent on the event justified?
Was it right to give the event top priority when the country has other more important matters to deal with?
HUSSAINI ABDUL KARIM,
Shah Alam, Selangor
Retired Captain Hussaini said “it is definitely not right to overdo things”.
The MH17 ceremony the other day is reminiscent of all the “I ♥ PM” extravaganzas cooked up by Najib’s billion-ringgit consultancy.
They disrespect protocol, they disrepect boundaries and everything is up for grabs – even a dead hero’s burial ceremony.
It’s not just First Admiral (Rtd) Imran Abdul Hamid and Captain (Rtd) Hussaini Abdul Karim who believe that the military honours accorded to MH17 victims were not proper.
Here another opinion by blogger Din Turtle in the Malay heartland of Terengganu:
“Dengan raptai bagai, dengan segala permainan emosi melalui cerita dan visual keluarga mangsa, radio pulak suruh driver berhenti tepi jalan untuk bertafakur seminit bla bla bla …. semua tu buat saya jadi menyampah pulak! Jangan salah faham. Bukan menyampah kepada apa yang berkaitan dengan MH17 tapi menyampah dengan pemimpin2 yang menyalahgunakan insiden itu atas nama Perpaduan.”
ABOVE: Hisham wearing his honorary pingats. It is too much to hope, I guess, that we can get men with some real military experience to become our Defence Ministers
So now the schedule is like this
Aug 29: Postpone the return of the remains of eight more MH17 victims
Aug 31: We have our show of solidarity and Hari Kebangsaan national unity
Sept 2: The remains of the earlier delayed MH17 victims are returned. We have a replay of the tableau we witnessed the other day. Najib wants the occasion to be one marking solidarity and national unity nonetheless. After all that rah-rah Merdeka celebration, we quickly switch to sorrowful mode.
Errata: It was earlier incorrectly stated that Hisham is “in military uniform” / pakai “pangkat”. This description has been redacted – updated 11.15am