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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

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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There’s only one honest bumi agenda - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Saturday, September 01, 2018
Bumiputra Term in Malaysia is Similar to Apartheid in South Africa
Welcome to more decades of Apartheid by Mamakthir aided and abetted by Tokong China. More spoon feeding from cradle to grave for the "handicapped" ones!!.....and they have the Chutzpah to say Israel practices Apartheid against the Palestinian Terrorists.  - Major D Swami (Retired) 

Malaysiakini: “When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.”  ― Yevgeny Yevtushenko

COMMENT | So, today is this big pow-wow amongst the Malay elite for a new bumiputera agenda, which would chart the course of the majority of this country. As Council of Eminent Persons chief Daim Zainuddin said, maybe this time they will get it right. Who is “they”? Well, “they” are the Malay power brokers of the new Malaysia, of course.
Leading up to this event, MCA and DAP got into a bit of a row about who was not spooking the Malays more. First of all, I have no idea what DAP’s Muhammad Shakir Ameer means when he says MCA is fighting fire with fire which would burn everyone, but I do believe that DAP is muddled when it comes to this issue.
Three important points need to be made:
The first is that DAP has no grounds whatsoever to claim that Chinese Malaysians voted against the racial politics of Umno-BN because the Pakatan Harapan regime, with its linchpin Bersatu, is led by the old guard of Umno, which is a race-based party. This, of course, is strange because Bersatu, unlike PKR and DAP, which are “multiracial”, has the lowest number of seats but yet by virtue of “not spooking the Malays” has the most say in government.
Second, to claim that MCA does not understand the economic reality that necessitates measures by “the Harapan government would have to take would seem ‘painful’ but necessary for the benefit of many” is ridiculous considering the fact that the raison d'être of MCA was balancing the economic, social and political aspirations of the Chinese community and you guessed it – "not spooking the Malays" – which is exactly the role played by DAP now.
Third, the idea that MCA wants to continue racial politics after 61 years of independence when DAP has to defend a bumiputera congress while the Malay political elite of PKR and Bersatu chart the course for the majority community, is laughable.
I was never one who bought into the whole “apartheid” horse manure propagated by some in the then opposition. If I did, it would make me look really stupid because of the compromises the non-Malay component of Harapan has had to make when dealing with Malay power structures. Much like the mendacity of Muhammad Shakir claiming that MCA does not understand the “economic reality” that makes non-Malay political structures subservient to the dogma of mainstream Malay politics.
Meanwhile, Umno is still suffering from some sort of post-traumatic stress of losing power to Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Umno information chief Shamsul Anuar Nasarah claims that DAP is now a “pak turut”. No doubt, that raises the heckles of many but what he is saying is exactly what PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim (photo) and the rest of the Malay political elite realise - that non-Malays were never the threat to Malay hegemony but rather a disparate Malay polity was a threat to Umno hegemony.

When news of this big bumiputera meet first slithered out, I wrote: “When right-wing and far-right Malay elements talk about bumiputera privileges, they are not talking about a system of discriminatory practices, they are talking about those privileges in terms of morality, but more importantly, in a definitional sense of what it means to be Malay. Complete hogwash, of course, but this is the reason why the idea of reforming the system instead of ditching it completely has always dominated the debate.”
A bumi or Malay agenda?
Why even use the word “bumiputera” congress? Why not just say Malay agenda congress? After all, does anyone seriously think that the rights of Orang Asal and the indigenous people – non-Muslims – of Sabah and Sarawak are going to be on the agenda moving forward? I could be wrong and I will concede if I am, but does anyone really think that any time this idea of “bumiputera” agenda is bandied about, it is nothing more than reaffirming the rights and privileges of the Malay/Muslim community?
I know this is a politically incorrect thing to say, but the only bumiputera agenda that needs to be addressed is the real bumiputera agenda of the Orang Asal and the native peoples of Sabah and Sarawak.
And I will not even delve into the rights of the natives of Sabah and Sarawak because I still think what a political operative from Sarawak said to me, all those years ago when I was still with the state security apparatus, holds true. He said: “You people are the colonisers.” I understand that many people from Sabah and Sarawak will hate me for saying this but I am one of those people who thinks that Sabah and Sarawak should decide for themselves if they want to be "Malaysians".
I was rereading Joshua Woo Sze Zeng’s timely rejoinder about slavery in Malaysia and how native and Malaya’s emancipation was a colonial legacy that we should be thankful for. Quoting from historical records, Woo hones in on specific barbarities which no doubt defined the nomadic nature of the indigenous peoples of Malaysia.
“Hunted by the Malays, who stole their [Orang Asli] children, they were forced to leave their dwellings and fly hither and thither, passing the night in caves or in huts (pondok), which they burnt on their departure. ‘In those days,’ they say, ‘we never walked in the beaten tracks lest the print of our footsteps in the mud should betray us.’”
And of course, the loopholes in religious and cultural dogma that would make enslaving their own, palatable – “The theoretical distinction between debt-slave and actual slave was used by Malay-Muslim rulers and aristocrats to enslave fellow Muslims.”
This is the sickening part, right? There really is a need for a bumiputera agenda, but there really is no need for a Malay agenda. Hey, I could be wrong. It seems to me, if you have policies for a majority community that have not worked, maybe it is time to change those policies. I am glad for Woo’s rejoinder but you can bet your last ringgit that this is not part of the bumiputera agenda.
If it was, it really would be a new Malaysia.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 1:11 PM  
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