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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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A Malay Malaysia - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, February 04, 2019
Malaysiakini : The ends justifies the means, that's the system
I learned that in school then I dropped out
Hit the streets, checked a grip, and now I got clout
I had nothing, and I wanted it
You had everything, and you flaunted it
Turned the needy into the greedy – Ice T (New Jack Hustler)

COMMENT | One of the things I find interesting is former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s public transformation of his image as a privileged Malay politician to that of an everyman attempting to fight the system hell-bent on destroying him. The Pakatan Harapan regime, for various reasons, comes off as malicious or tone-deaf to the message Najib is disseminating to the Malay base.
What Najib is doing is tapping into the class resentments in the Malay community, while demonising the Chinese community through a stand-in – the DAP. Harapan plays the same narrative – like demonsing the PRC – not realising (or not caring) that this narrative ultimately arrives at the same destination, the Malaysian Chinese community as a scapegoat for the mendacity of mainstream Malay international business deals, or toxic communal relationship or dissatisfaction of economic standards brought upon by unbalanced economic polices that favour a specific capitalist class in the Malay community.
When Harapan came into power, I warned that what we had was a “Malay” opposition, which would use race and religion in lieu of policy. What Harapan had to do was change the narrative because what they are up against was decades of indoctrination and entitlements programmes that had failed the Malay community.
 Here is the relevant bit – “The Malay opposition will define itself by offering a virulent counter-narrative when it comes to issues of race and religion. They will attempt to force the Harapan regime to demonstrate how committed they are in their secular principles and, of course, their egalitarian principles – if they are committed to these at all.”
Far-right Malay friends have this fantasy. When the Malays finally win the demographics game, and minorities are insignificant when it comes to political power, they believe they would have this racial and religious paradise without all the problems multi-culturalism brings. Never mind the economic and social repercussions of having a mono-ethnic Malaysia, what I find hilarious is how blind some of the mainstream Malay intelligentsia are to the class divisions in Malay society.
Free Malaysia Today (FMT) ran a piece recently, where Syed Husin Ali discussed the type of conflict “yang akan dihadapi oleh masyarakat Melayu sekiranya negara ini hanya didiami oleh satu bangsa sahaja (that will be faced by Malay society when this country is inhabited by only one race).” Syed Husin rightly pointed out that the type of conflict would be a class conflict. For the record, I am a Syed Husin Ali fanboy, and have followed his career and writings for years.

Two points are worth considering . Syed Husin (photo) discussed the two competing interests that would come into conflict - “Pertama kata beliau, adalah kepentingan nilai seperti agama dan moral, manakala kedua adalah kepentingan berkaitan politik seperti perkembagan ekonomi dan pendidikan. Apabila kepentingan-kepentingan ini bertentangan, maka wujudlah konflik. (Firstly, is the importance of religious and moral values. When mixed with politics in economic development and education, conflict will arise.) ”
And then he dived into the nature of the eventual class conflict that would arise - “Misalannya, kurang kekayaan dalam kalangan Melayu. Orang Melayu yang di bawah akan menganggap mereka miskin kerana kekayaan dikumpul oleh kelompok (orang Melayu kaya) yang sedikit. Justeru, timbullah konflik. (For example, Malay poverty. These Malays may think they are poor because wealth is in the hands of a small elite (rich Malays). This will give rise to conflict.)”
Syed Husin, who, no doubt, has studied other mono-ethnic societal breakdowns, points out the various degrees of manifestation that such class resentment brings.
When people understand that something is wrong...
The first manifestation is where people understand that something is wrong and that they are at the bottom of the totem pole, but are afraid to express this resentment. However, this does not last long. Sooner or later they express their anger and eventually - “Ataupun orang boleh sampai angkat senjata kerana marah. Keadaan ini boleh menimbulkan revolusi. (Or people reach the point where they take up arms in their anger. This will give rise to a revolution.”
I wrote about this decades ago, in a position paper that was mocked by the military establishment because I was told that this would never happen in Malaysia. Never mind that May 13 happened and the policies that were created post-May 13, planted the seeds – in my opinion – of an eventual class conflict in the Malay community.
One of the reasons why I think Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is ahead of the curve is because they understand that there is a class conflict within the majority community. While PSM is portrayed as some sort of “Indian” party – honestly the dumb casual racism they face online is indicative of the failure of progressive politics in this country - the reality is that for years they have been trying to tap into the class resentment of all communities in Malaysia.
Someone like the potential Semenyih by-election candidate, PSM Youth member Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul, has a better understanding of the frustrations of the Malay disenfranchised than anyone from the other mainstream Malay political parties. PSM’s class dialectic is what mainstream Malay power brokers fear.

While PSM central committee member S Arutchelvan (photo) may be the public face of the party, the Malay and Chinese political operatives and grassroots activists bear a message that is drowned out by partisan politics and religious fervour. The sooner they get a foothold in mainstream politics and the majority Malay community, the sooner we should see progressive politics seep into the political landscape based on class divisions instead of racial or religious ones.
What I found interesting about Mariam Mokhtar’s latest piece is that it is a scattershot of the class divisions within the Malay community. What we are talking about are Malays whose privilege has some value at the moment as opposed to Malays who think they have privilege, but in reality are low down economically than non-Malays who have no privilege.
Then there is the issue of religion. What do the privileged political and plutocrat class of the Malay community do? They use religion to narcotise the working class and disenfranchise the Malay community. It is effective up to a point. What happens when they cannot use the non-Malays as a convenient punching bag? Well, what happens to rich Muslim potentates in many Islamic states?
The masses fall prey to a more virulent strain of Islamism, which tell them how corrupt their rulers are and how a truly Islamic state is where they would achieve parity. This is the experience of nearly every Islamic state – moderate or otherwise – in the world. Why do you think the disenfranchised and the working class are prey to Islamic extremists? Why do you think Islamic extremists find ample opportunity to recruit in academic institutions? The answer is because young, disenfranchised people slowly awaken to the fact that the system screws them over, while rich people are not subject to the same laws as them.
Does anyone really think that jailing corrupt potentates is going to solve the class divisions in the majority community?
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 9:12 AM  
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