A group of retired army officers is mulling a counter rally if there are political elements in the Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVTAM) plan to hold a large-scale gathering in July.
At a press conference attended by some 100 army veterans in Kuala Lumpur today, retired brigadier-general Mohd Arshad Raji said the group has no qualms if PVTAM organises an apolitical gathering.
“But we are objecting to a rally that has political elements as this would violate the Veterans Act 2012, which spells out that PVATM should not be a political association,” he said
If it is confirmed that the July gathering has political elements, Mohd Arshad said, the group would consider holding a counter rally.
“If he (PVTAM president Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor) thinks he can mobilise 100,000 veterans to attend the rally, I can also get 100,000 (to attend the counter rally). It is not a problem,” he added.