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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.”

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“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

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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Proton discount a brief respite from ‘ketuananism’ - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Malaysiakini : “As ‘masters’ on our own land, bumiputeras or Malays indeed deserve to enjoy the privileges at all times, although we have succeeded in narrowing the gap between races in the country.” - Sohaimi Shahadan, Umno supreme council member
COMMENT | The only problem I have with Proton’s decision to give a discount to members of the Federation of Hokkien Associations of Malaysia is that it did not apply to all Chinese Malaysians, including the ones who can demonstrate that one of their parents is Chinese.
I agree with Proton’s contention that there is nothing “special” about this privilege because if it was special, people who purchased Proton’s under this scheme would have a one-year licence to make racist and seditious remarks against their fellow countrymen (the least of the systemic imbalances) and would not be sanctioned when the state security apparatus comes a calling. In fact, I urge Proton with its close ties to the Najib regime to look into the possibility of expanding the “specialness” of this deal as soon as possible.
I would go further. What I would like to see is that every investment done by PRC (China) companies in Malaysia or if PRC companies acquire a sufficient stake in Malaysian companies, to give a discount to every Chinese Malaysians, including those non-Chinese who can demonstrate that one of their parents is Chinese. This should be considered standard policy and Chinese Malaysians should defend this policy and dismiss all those who question it as racist and seditious.
This policy should apply to everything. Land, houses, cars, jewellery, any and everything of monetary value including services. This also naturally includes sex workers from mainland China because as we all know, the Islamists and racists within the Malay community claim that every woman from China is a prostitute. 
MIC’s S Vell Paari asked: “Is Proton playing the caste or clan game.” I say it is about time. After all, the only people that really play the “caste” game is MIC and there is sufficient evidence to back up this claim, but this idea that the “racism” of the Malay establishment needs defending by the likes of MIC in concert with Islamists like Isma (Malaysian Muslim Solidarity) is laughable.

What I want to know is why haven’t all those glorious investments from India that MIC bigwigs always crow about, benefited the Indian community? Where are the Indian discounts? MIC lackeys are always making trips to India to extol the virtues of Malaysia to the plutocrats of India. What the hell is MIC doing if Proton can now offer discounts to certain members of the Chinese community while all MIC can do is allegedly assault Tamil Malar employees who disagree with the party?
I mean really, if politicians cannot chip away or devalue 'ketuananism', why not the private sector? You could argue that because of meritocracy - or what passes for it in this country - and the fact that the majority community wants job security, hence the civil service, it is about time that screwed-up policies are challenged even if it means that only a certain section of the Chinese community benefits from it. Start small, I say.
Meanwhile, Isma who at least are honest in their religious extremism and bigotry are in twisted knickers territory – again – because they can only cry “racism” and help – unintentionally – Pakatan Harapan’s anti-PRC rhetoric. It is tough being a Malay supremacist when the Malay establishment has to rely on China to bail it out or so it is claimed. Isma is probably wondering why the PRC can’t be more like the House of Saud. Throw money at a current regime and not expect anything in return.
Special privileges devalued
Remember when Umno was giving discounts to its members when it came to property? That is some really screwed-up permutations of special privileges right there. What did Isma have to say about it, nothing, right? Just like they have nothing to say about the various other systemic racism that goes on in this moderate Muslim country of ours.

The PRC, on the other hand, are building things. Building things on Tanah Melayu, which would probably help the majority Malay community. But now, this insidious Chinese country is giving discounts to certain segments of the Chinese minority. Where will it end? If Malay special privileges are devalued, how can the Malay establishment expect to defend something that has no value? I mean, what next? Supposing PRC companies buy stakes in local universities and give discounts to Chinese-speaking Malaysians. It is chaos I tell, ya.
Look, all the anti-PRC investment rhetoric coming from the opposition is complete horse manure in my opinion. Read here – “The real test of national sovereignty (or if it was ever in any real danger) is if the opposition comes into power, would there be efforts to reverse these deals or if these deals suddenly become pure because the sins of the Najib regime are cleansed with the formation of a new government.”
Why demonise (or help anti-Chinese narratives) by blaming the PRC if the majority in this country cannot speak English which makes them unemployable and only fit to drive Uber and sell nasi lemak? Young people who are only fit to do certain jobs, blame foreigners for taking away the jobs that they can’t even do, or foreign companies for balking at the stupid policies that brought ruination to their community in the first place.

If your elected politicians are making “bad deals” with a foreign power, then the responsibility is on your elected representatives and not the foreign country. Many people are gloating with joy about these discounts and why the hell not?
What of the Malay community? They get conflicting messages from their power brokers. On one hand, we have the narrative that Chinese from China are taking over, so you better vote for Harapan, meanwhile the establishment Umno power structures are groaning because they have to say the same thing about the Chinese in Malaysia - vote Umno or the Chinese in Malaysia will take over. It appears that the Chinese are everywhere and they all seem intent on taking over Tanah Melayu,
Now I am not saying that this discount is payback but I am drinking in the tears of envy and frustration of the “losers” (in Donald Trump speak) of all those folks who feel aggrieved by this discount. I bet the Umno establishment will find a way to mitigate this discount but, this merely confirms that the idea of ‘ketuananism’ is one of diminishing returns. Get used to it.
posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 9:58 AM  

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