Hoping more Sabahans in top post

Kota Kinabalu: Fifth Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier-General Datuk Ranjit Singh hopes more Sabahans would follow in his footsteps and go for the top post in the military service.

“There are not many Sabahans holding the top rank positions and the highest rank in Sabah right now is held by me, but we still have a long way to go in finding my successor, particularly among Sabahans,” he said.

He said with this in mind, the Fifth Infantry Brigade has conducted various school to school programmes to encourage more Sabahan youths, particularly those at the SPM level, to join the army.

“I want to encourage more Sabahans to join the army and not just be part of the army but to aim for the top post,” he said after attending the Fifth Infantry Brigade parade in conjunction with its 50th Jubilee Anniversary, here, Thursday.

A total of 27 officers and 327 military personnel of various ranks took part in the parade.

He said the Fifth Infantry has also been involved in numerous civic action programmes under the National Blue Ocean Strategy, which is not only to defend the country but to assist the people as well.

Among programmes conducted involved repairing houses for the poor in Pitas and building water supply channels for villagers in the interior in support of the State Government.

On another note, he encouraged military personnel of various ranks to think out of the box when executing their tasks.

“Yes, the army follows orders but at the same time we emphasise on getting military personnel from the lower rank up to the top ranks to take initiatives for the betterment of the force.

“If the army personnel just follow orders without thinking, they will be robots, thus, development of initiative and character profile of the soldier is very important, they must think one step forward.

“Armed forces nowadays are not similar to those 50 years ago, now we have Diploma and Degree holders and there is a lot that they can contribute when they think out of the box within the bounds of military instruction,” he said

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