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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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When I become Prime Minister of Malaysia
Thursday, August 30, 2007
However, just as much as I acknowledge that honest dialogue is crucial to the nation’s well being, I will legislate that conversations should be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual understanding, acceptance and respect, and that knowledge should be exchanged through a process of sharing and discussion in a non-judgmental and non-discriminatory way. In particular, “enforced solutions” including threats of violence or coercion must be avoided. Or simply put, a degree of responsibility must be exercised in the democratic dissemination of honest views.

Ethno-Religious Politics

As Chief Executive of the nation, I will ensure that Malaysia will be a secular state devoid of theocratic law, while affirming that Islam is the official religion of the country. While I am aware that I am a Muslim and that religion plays a very important part of my life and my community, I believe that the key to developing a strong and united Malaysia is not founded (solely) on religious piety, but on core principles of justice, equality and respect for human rights and fundamental liberties of every person regardless of race or religion, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

This is something I must look into as there is a need to stress common and shared values of every person regardless of race and religion. More importantly, I will also forcefully ensure that I:-

i) Eliminate the misuse of identification by ethnic or religious background.

ii) De-construct arguments or discussions entrenched along racial or religious paradigms within our nation, moving towards an egalitarian issue-based paradigm.

With the establishment of this general premise, I will focus and channel national resources on meeting the interests and needs of the disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable of our society. For example, though unrelated, I will ensure that the NEP becomes a true policy that will literally benefit all Malaysians and not just one ethnic group.

This form of action is very important as Malaysia is very diverse and that there are more than just Malays and Muslims. I acknowlege that the continuous Islamisation and preference for Malays in employment, education and politics has elevated the apprehension experienced by Malaysians with regards to their status as “Malaysians”; thus leading to an exodus amongst talented and able Malaysians to contribute to the nation.

My administration shall reject ethnic and religious based politics and ideologies. Malaysia must be made to celebrate it diverse racial and religious identities.

Education & National Development

As prime minister, I will see to it that education policies within primary, secondary and tertiary level institutes shall be instruments that promote national unity and reflect the reality of Malaysians as one people while holding on to their various ethnic and religious identities.

I feel that this reform is necessary as my predecessors had married ethno-religious policies and politics together with the education policy, thus making them inseparable triangle of prioritising the wrong things. Take the quota system, the UUCA and “Aku-janji” as valid examples of this deadly marriage which has made the education system nothing more than a political vehicle, when its chief purpose and aim was to produce future leaders.

Therefore, I will ensure that all educational institutes will incorporate programmes and training modules that seek to improve ethnic and religious relations, bearing in mind historical, anthropological and sociological aspects with the aim of promoting national unity and racial harmony.

At the same time, I will also ensure that Malaysian educational institutes enhance teaching and research standards which will encourage critical thinking and give students the liberty to accept and consider divergent opinions with the aim of being international leaders in their fields.

Once we can address this, we can finally proceed to find ways of enhancing things like student assessment methods, syllabus and study plan revamps, library expansions and invest more in research and development.

More Importantly…

During my term in office, I shall forge a Malaysian identity towards shaping a future founded upon national unity, especially among the younger generation which will form the future of our Malaysian leadership. At 50, I believe that the time has come for Malaysians to move beyond its “accommodationist” approach to interacting with one another in terms of mere tolerance; towards a full appreciation, understanding, acceptance and equal treatment of every person regardless of race or religion and in embracing all diversities and complexities.
I also am of the opinion that national unity should move beyond a superficial interpretation based on form (e.g. food, language and traditional festivals) towards one based on essence, substance and shared values (e.g. mutual respect, love, justice and equality). At 50, it’s about time we change our ways and approaches for the better. After all, we’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

The writer is an Information Technology student at HELP University College and intends to go into teaching before going into politics. Catholic Asian News
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 8:20 PM  
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