Articles, Opinions & Views: Harapan’s dangerous bait and switch - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy


 
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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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Harapan’s dangerous bait and switch - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Malaysiakini : “Their complicity and silence now – is frankly shameful.”- N Surendran
COMMENT | Make no mistake, the new legislation to protect the sanctity of the monarchy – espoused by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong – is a craven attempt to please the monarchy in the way that Pakatan Harapan partisans often accuse certain Malay leaders of doing.
The public has never threatened the sanctity of the royal institution – whatever that means. Rather, Malay political operatives over the years have slowly stripped the monarchy of its influence and powers, which they deemed detrimental to their self-interests. This had the unintended consequence of empowering democratic institutions, which was a good thing for the rakyat.
Liew’s rather asinine justification for the new legislation is typical of the horse manure coming out from Harapan political operatives these days. He claims that the new legislation is needed to ensure that the monarchy is protected from unfounded slander – as opposed to slander grounded in fact – and attacks by irresponsible people.
Who are these irresponsible people? Netizens who are using the freedom of speech trumpeted by Harapan as a departure from BN? Activists, like Fadiah Nadwa Fikri who is using her freedom of speech to ask legitimate questions about the royalty?
The only reason why Harapan is even considering these laws is that they want to please the monarchy, and have no trouble shoving it to the average rakyat – Malays and non-Malays – who elevated them to power.
They do this because they want to establish their race and religion bona fides; a non-Malay minister shovelling this horse manure demonstrates the servile nature of non-Malays in Harapan. All of which is done to service Malay power structures and strengthen Malay institutions that are important for the Umno/Malay base, which Harapan desperately thinks it needs.

Liew actually has the temerity to claim that the punishments for certain offences against the monarchy are too lenient.  Really? I want Harapan partisans to think about this carefully. Liew is saying that the restricted class of people where freedom of speech does not apply, has too lenient punishments and what Harapan wants to do, is make the punishments more severe.
Controlling the racial narrative
What does the minister want? Whipping, chopping of hands, or maybe to show how serious Harapan is, the death penalty? Moreover, what does the grand Harapan poohbah say when discussing these new laws that supposedly protect the sanctity of the monarchy?
Liew babbles on about looking into definitions. Listen, how is defining what constitutes an insult to the royalty help the police or the royal institution? People will just subvert or skirt those definitions and continue – if they are brave – exercising their democratic rights, which this government claimed it was interested in defending.
This is about protecting a certain idea, which is used to control the racial narrative in this country. Race and religion are the other two ideas. Everyone knows this. By enacting legislation to further protect one idea and cavalierly talking about increasing the severity of the punishment, what Harapan is actually doing is further codifying ideas that are sacred cows to the racists and bigots of this country.

The most interesting aspect of Latheefa Koya’s rejoinder to the police was this line – “The authorities must be able to prioritise their resources to tackle genuine criminal matters, and not get involved in petty politically-motivated issues that should not be their concern."
Indeed, any issues pertaining to the royalty in this country are politically motivated. When someone like Fadiah raises issues about the royalty, she is investigated under the Sedition Act 1948. But when someone like the prime minister reminds us that the royalty is not above the law, this is somehow not deemed seditious.
Both were correct, but the person who suffers is the one who is supposed to have constitutionally protected rights but thrown to the wolves, because the political narratives in this country depend on the average rakyat not slaying sacred cows, and Malay political operatives making deals with institutions deemed sacred. It is pointless that the youth groups in the DAP are speaking out against this law and these injustices.
Where are all the big guns of Harapan? Anwar Ibrahim, our prime minister-in-waiting, does not want to spook the Malays. I guess leaders such as Lim Kit Siang, Hannah Yeoh, Tony Pua, Teresa Kok, Lim Guan Eng, and M Kulasegaran do not have a problem with this.
I get it. They do not want to be the non-Malay leaders who speak about the injustice of this new law, or the fact that people are arrested for making comments on social media, because this would stir the honest nests of the Malay far right.

Strange, isn’t it? People like to call the MCA eunuchs, but now when it comes time to display fortitude, all these people who were shouting on the streets, online and on every platform they were on about how cruel and “low class” the Najib Abdul Razak regime was, seem to have lost their voices.
Some partisans who opposed these laws before May have the audacity to email me now saying that I should not speak up on this issue. The state security apparatus knows how to do its job? Really? Now people have faith in the security apparatus? Now, suddenly the state security apparatus knows how to do its job?
What the state security apparatus should do is to crack down on people who wish to do harm with violence to the democratic institutions of this country. But what it always does – and now with the blessing of Harapan – is to crack down on the average rakyat who use their freedom of speech to question what is wrong with the democratic and royal institutions of this country.
So not only is Harapan backtracking on its promise to repeal certain oppressive laws, it now seems that it wants to add to them.
Welcome to the Neo Malaysia.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 12:21 PM  
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