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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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PN pressure comes when Harapan's credibility is at its lowest - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Malaysiakini : “One cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”- Franklin D Roosevelt
COMMENT | The pressure or harassment of journalists, activists, politicians and media personalities comes at a time when the opposition is suffering from a lack of credibility. What we are witnessing is a Perikatan Nasional government that spooks easily and an ineffective opposition mired in internal squabbling that has splintered the base.
Whenever any Pakatan Harapan political operative attempts to speak out on issues, especially when it comes to the freedom of the press and the right to assembly, any rational person would ask what the Harapan government did when they were in power. Only the most disingenuous of partisans would still justify that “Harapan did not have much time”.
The harassment of Boo Su Lyn (below), for instance, is a prime example of why Harapan cannot credibly attack the PN government on the issue of press freedom and governmental accountability.
The editor-in-chief of CodeBlue wrote her series of articles on what she contends was information that was declassified.She claimed that the then health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad confirmed that the report had been declassified as a state secret. Two points need to be made. The first is that the Harapan government should have immediately declassified the report and the second, the former health minister has still not issued any public statement confirming or denying Boo's claim.
It seems to me, and maybe to you too, that if one was a political operative who was interested in freedom of the press and governmental accountability, one would speak out in public and confirm or deny the veracity of what a journalist claimed about the declassification of an independent report. A reader wrote to me, livid that the state was attempting to crack down on readers’ comments and was “punishing” news portals because of the rakyat’s right to comment in the comment section.
Well, forget about whether this is a “right” or not, but I had to remind the anxious subscriber that Harapan attempted to do the same. Some folks talk about how the state is going after Malaysiakini for what readers wrote in the comment section but forget that the Harapan regime also attempted to do the same.
When people mock PN/BN political operatives for claiming that “people have raised concerns about the comments on social media”, they are forgetting that Harapan political operatives have used the same rationale. Under Harapan, the Communications and Multimedia Ministry considered taking action against operators of news portals who allowed their subscribers to leave comments that “touch on racial, religious and royal institution sensitivities”.
The former communications minister said: “I have received many complaints from members of the public who also lamented that there seemed to be no monitoring by the operators of readers’ comments posted on their portals. “I am considering whether there is a need to formulate a law on this aspect. It is still under consideration and has not been brought to the cabinet (meeting) yet.”
This, of course, did not go down well with me. At the time, I wrote: “Some people have questioned how Harapan is going to police the comment sections and social media when it comes to this issue? They do not have to. “What they can do is make enough examples of individuals who go against this supposed law, expand the type of comments the state finds unacceptable and Malaysians will fall into line.
“Furthermore, news portals will, on their initiative, crack down on what they think the state finds offensive and subscribers would be penalised, based on the fear of repercussions from the state.” Isn’t this exactly what the PN government is doing now? The state security apparatus and political operatives know that all they have to do is make examples out of certain personalities and what will happen is that most people will fall in line.
The fact that Harapan even considered such a legislation is indicative of how spooked certain political operatives are. Because, while they ignored the racism, bigotry and misogyny that permeate the social media, they were instead concerned with people posing legitimate comments that questioned institutions that needed to be reformed. They were concerned that these people were giving ammunition to the then opposition led by Umno/PAS.
I, of course, am concerned by anyone who is being investigated by the PN state but I was also concerned when the Harapan state questioned activist Fadiah Nadwa Fikri (below).
As reported in the press, Fadiah explained that the article "Don't kiss the hands that beat you," which first appeared on youth group Malaysia Muda's website, was in relation to an image of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim kissing the hand of Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar. It would have been something if the PN government had to circumvent legislation enacted by Harapan or bypass regulations created by Harapan that protected or reinforced free speech.
But the reality is that PN is just doing what Harapan did, but is unencumbered by a “progressive” faction that would raise any kind of stink about its actions. Notice how the most vocal members of Harapan who were against certain actions of the state were also the ones criticising the political apparatus and they were vilified for it. This is what is extremely frustrating for me about this latest series of provocations by the PN state. I want political operatives who will stand up and when they speak, for their words will carry some weight.
Look, I happen to think that Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil (below) has a lot of potential.
When Fadiah was harassed, Fahmi was one of the few political operatives who showed support and made an argument as to why the intimidation should stop. And this was against his own government and security apparatus. However, he also said that the media “…should not be free to report false or invalid news”. Fahmi, if you remember correctly, said that the schisms within PKR were the figment of the press’ imagination.
Now, all this is not to say that I disagree with what he said. It’s actually far from it.
What it does mean is that if Harapan ever comes back to power, they should commit to governmental action that translates to protections of principles that Harapan claims means something to them.
They should also be honest in the way they deal with the press. The irony, of course, is that Harapan has many operatives who are familiar with the system, having been subjected to the excesses of the state or led careers of activism to reform the system before they become politicians.
Life, especially political life, is strange that way.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:24 AM  
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