Patriot decides to expand membership

by Dato’ Syed Ahmad Idid

Patriot or Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (PPK), an NGO formed on May 22, 2017, has decided to expand its membership.

Patriot was formed by and principally for military/armed forces and police veterans. 

Membership of Patriot then was extended to the ranks of lieutenants and above from the Armed Forces and inspectors and above from the Police. Patriot’s current vision is for a harmonious, prosperous and progressive nation.

The present members are also working towards the return to a “kinder and happier Malaysia” that we once knew in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, according to Dato’ Syed Ahmad Idid, who was recently appointed to Patriot’s Advisory Council.

The writer, Dato’ Syed Ahmad Idid, with his Patriot beret

Over the years, Patriot has shown itself as a responsible NGO by commenting on pertinent national issues.

It sees itself as able to offer views and thoughts for the country’s benefit, says Dato’ Syed Ahmad.

At its recent exco meeting in Subang Jaya, members deliberated on several issues. The exco has several responsibilities and tasks assigned to members.

One main task is for every member in the exco and general membership to popularise Patriot and what the organisation means for the nation in the realm of courage and loyalty, says Dato’ Syed Ahmad.

As such, Patriot is now opening its membership to like-minded civilian Malaysians in the hope of getting them into a bigger sphere of influence in the national way of life, he adds.

This year, Patriot’s founding president, Brigadier-General (Rtd) Dato’ Mohamed Arshad Raji, ended his term and was succeeded by Colonel (Rtd) Dato’ Zarazilah Mohd Ali.

Patriot has also set up an Advisory Council of three members under the Chair of former president Dato’ Mohamed Arshad. Besides Dato’ Syed Ahmad, the other member is former diplomat Dato’ Santhananaban.

The three members of Patriot’s newly-formed Advisory Council together with its new President