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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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Memali remembered by Mariam Mokhtar
Monday, November 18, 2013
From Malaysiakini :  Tomorrow is the 28th anniversary of one of the worst massacres in modern Malaysian history, when government forces opened fire on harmless farmers in a small village in Kedah.

NONEIn the early hours of Nov 19, 1985, several Police Field Force units surrounded Memali, before launching an attack on a small group of villagers holed up in one house. By noon, 14 men had been murdered in cold blood. Four police personnel also died under friendly fire.

The object was to detain one man, the charismatic and influential ustaz (religious leader) - also a successful radio and TV commentator - popularly known as Ibrahim Libya (right).

The victims were cut down in a hail of bullets from M16 assault rifles. Young and middle- aged men had been shot in the head or back.

One of them, Wan Piah Yunus, received multiple bullet wounds, but miraculously survived, only to be detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) once his treatment at the Sungei Petani hospital ended.

NONEOne wonders. Why did the police, having blocked all roads into the area and surrounded the house, did not simply sit it out and wait?

Tiga hari saja (three days only),” said one eyewitness who was 11 at the time. He explained that 100 core defenders could easily have been starved out, because they only had food and water for three days.

Despite the passage of 28 years, the shock of the massacre and the bloodbath has not worn off. Questions remain unanswered. Many facts surrounding the events do not add up. Many official statements lack conviction. Was there evidence of foul play?

On the evening of Nov 18, 1985, around 3,000 police personnel were mobilised, ostensibly to prepare for an attack on a communist camp near Baling. Why were they allegedly told this lie?

NONEConcerned Muslim police personnel voiced unease about attacking while early morning prayers were under way. At dawn, with the cover of darkness gone, volleys of tear gas were lobbed into the perimeter of the house.

An armoured car forced the gates open. When the villagers refused to surrender, the order to open fire was issued and the house sprayed with bullets. Why the use of excessive force?

The detailed mopping-up and forensic evidence, if it has been made public, would have been interesting. As this was not a wartime incident, how many bullets were discharged to ensure success?

Official reports contradict eyewitness accounts with villagers claiming there were between 3,000-4,000 police persoonel, but the authorities set the number at 200.

Still no answers

Today, not many people are aware of the massacre. Malaysians rarely question their leaders and many believe the misleading accounts printed in the newspapers in 1985.

Today, the spectre of Memali is used as a campaign strategy before a general election, to frighten the masses and warn them of the dangers of deviant Muslim sects. Like the magician who pulls the rabbit out of his hat, Umno Baru’s rabbits are the Memali incident, the communists and the Chinese.

The Memali massacre has never been fully explained and confusion reigns to this day. The prime minister at the time was Dr Mahathir Mohamad. With our present knowledge of Mahathir’s methods, does anyone really have faith in the official White Paper? How ironical that the White Paper is simply whitewash.

musa hitam mahathir mohamad 090606All fingers pointed to Musa Hitam, the acting home minister, for pulling the metaphorical trigger. At the time, it was reported that Mahathir was in China on an official visit; but was he?

According to various reports, the official visit to China started on Nov 20. Beijing is just six hours away. Normally, when Mahathir leaves on an official visit, his departure is a state occasion. Most of the cabinet will parade to bid him farewell and the event will be well publicised.

On this occasion Mahathir slithered out of the country without a single mention in the newspapers. Was he really out of the country on Nov 19? Did Musa give the order to kill on sight or was he shielding his boss?

Why was it critical to apprehend Ibrahim Libya? He did not have a criminal record, and neither did his followers. Anecdotal evidence points to the Umno Baling branch being envious of PAS, and Ibrahim’s influence on the Malays in the area. Umno Baling plied pressure on the Umno leadership to curb Ibrahim’s influence.

The authorities decided to detain Ibrahim under the ISA in September, but his followers commanded a strong defence of their leader.

azlanIbrahim agreed to cooperate, but only if he were given a fair hearing and not subjected to detention without trial under the ISA.

Ibrahim’s continued resistance to the ISA sealed his own fate. Memali does seem like a political conspiracy, to silence a political rival, and many facts suggest this theory.

Members of the Al-Arqam sect had been rehabilitated. If Ibrahim and his followers were accused of being deviants, why did the authorities fail to rehabilitate them? Why did the National Fatwa council not issue a fatwa against Ibrahim?

Ibrahim was supposed to be shielding communist subversives. Where were they hiding?

Ibrahim was reported to have amassed an arsenal of dangerous weapons. That alleged stockpile remains hidden, to this day.

Ibrahim was accused of building a fortress, the base for his revolutionary movement which he would use to topple the federal government. No fortress has been found.

NONEThe remaining survivors and several villagers were incarcerated under the ISA. Why were they released, without charge four months before the 1986 general election?

The widows received a derisory amount of compensation. Why would a payout have been made, unless the victims had been wrongfully attacked?

If Ibrahim was a penderhaka (traitor), why did the Kedah sultan (currently the Agong) visit his grave at Kampung Parit Panjang to pay respects? The act of praying and pouring air mawar on a grave is a highly significant act, in the eyes of the rakyat.

It is alleged that the sultan did not do the same for the four police personnel who died in the incident.

Political assasination

The Umno Baru government would like to hide the Memali massacre, but is failing in its effort. The only act of terrorism that has been committed was the one perpetrated by the Umno government.

Memali is a most graphic illustration of Umno Baru’s true political agenda. It also serves as a warning to all political parties, that all forms of nationalist and religious extremism are harmful. Blind political allegiance is just as wrong as blind religious fidelity.

Truth and transparency are vital in any democracy and the more Umno Baru wants to hide Memali, the more we will view them with suspicion. Umno Baru fears the rakyat, because of what they might uncover when searching for the truth.

NONEThe slaughter and betrayal of the people of Memali, is a story that Umno Baru wants to forget. A royal commission of inquiry may provide some answers and useful lessons for the future, but it won’t bring back the dead.

We need to know who ordered the massacre and the events that led to the bloodbath. Then, the perpetrators should be sent for trial.

The massacre was shocking but worse is that, despite the brutality and carnage, it is alleged that no senior cabinet member, neither Mahathir nor Musa, paid a visit to Memali to offer their condolences, their respects or to apologise for what transpired.

Significantly, it was claimed that Anwar Ibrahim was the only one to visit Memali, but that he had to wait until he left Umno Baru before he did so.

Umno Baru wants to assert control over the villagers and to exploit them for political expediency. Ibrahim Libya died a martyr. He was also the victim of a political assassination. So, who pulled the trigger on Memali?


MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO).
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 11:15 PM  
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