Articles, Opinions & Views: Be a man and apologise, Zawawi by Francis Paul Siah

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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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Be a man and apologise, Zawawi by Francis Paul Siah
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
The Ape and Jackass from Pas Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh
Articles In Saudi Press Call To Amend Thousands Of Scribal Errors In The Quran, Re-examine Islamic Texts In Light Of Modern Perception. Go here to listen to the article directly.
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | Almost two weeks after the sensitive Bible remarks uttered by PAS lawmaker Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh, it is clear that the people of Sarawak have not got over it yet. Yesterday, 10 NGO and civil society leaders lodged a police report against the Pasir Puteh MP at the Kota Sentosa police station in Kuching.
Last Thursday (Sept 3), my colleagues in the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS), also lodged a similar report in Kuching. We did so to express our solidarity with the Association of Churches, Sarawak’s (ACS) strong protest against the PAS lawmaker. The Council of Churches of Malaysia had also demanded an apology from Zawawi.
It has been nine years since MoCS has lodged a police report against any politician. Zawawi’s case was one we took exception to. Hence, this affirmative action. It is wrong, wrong, wrong for an MP to speak negatively in the august House against another religion that is not his own. Surely, even the not-so-smart MPs with a little brain would realise that they must be guided by such decorum.
Even though we are aware that it would be difficult for the police to take action against lawmakers for their speeches in Parliament, the report is to put on record our vehement protest against hate and sacrilegious statements from politicians.

ACS chairperson Kuching Archbishop Simon Poh (above, second from left) had earlier described the MP’s remark as a “direct insult” to the Christian holy text. In an interview with the media last week, the archbishop rightly said that “Parliament is a place to solve, not create problems”. Isn’t it an irony that an MP, who has claimed to have studied comparative religion, and is supposedly an intelligent fella, has to be told by a non-politician and a clergyman of how to conduct himself in Parliament?
Zawawi, it would do you a world of good to heed the archbishop’s sincere advice.
Yesterday, Senior Minister Fadillah Yusof of PBB also hit out at Zawawi, saying that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) does not condone such action. Fadillah, who is also the works minister, stressed that although GPS is part of the Perikatan Nasional-led federal government, it does not mean that the Sarawak’s ruling coalition supports individuals from the PN pact who say things that go against the GPS’ struggle for Sarawakians.

Ticking off the PAS lawmaker isn’t enough. I urge Fadillah (above) to bring up the matter with PN chief and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and have Zawawi reprimanded for his callous indulgence in open bigotry. The MP must be told to apologise. There are no two ways around it. This is a demand from Sarawak Christians, and we expect PN and GPS to deliver.
The majority of Malaysians, including Muslims, do not tolerate religious bigots and extremists. So, will Zawawi be man enough to apologise? And he must do it with sincerity from the heart and not just say that “if my words have hurt some groups, I apologise”. To me, that is not good enough. It smacks of insincerity. That is a politician’s familiar attempt of getting away with a straight apology and salvaging some self-pride.
If Zawawi remains defiant and still refuses to apologise to Christians, then we would know how to judge the man’s character and whether he is worthy of being an elected representative.

If our words are considered acrimonious or have hurt others, even unintentionally, it takes a real man and leader to express humility in acknowledging the possibility of a mistake. So far, there is no indication that Zawawi possesses any humility.
'We're all against drunk driving'
I have also digested the Pasir Puteh MP’s lengthy defence of his speech and why he does not think it is necessary for him to apologise as “Christians have no right to be offended”. No matter how he tried to defend himself, what has drunk-driving got to do with religion in the first place? Has it not occurred to Zawawi that all of us (sans drunkards) are against drunk-driving and would support heavier penalties for the offence?
Why the need to indulge in bigotry and claim that the Bible had been distorted? I don’t think a real expert in comparative religion will ever talk negatively about other faiths. That will only cause divisiveness, animosity and hatred in a pluralistic society. At times, I wonder whether Zawawi is another ambitious PAS politician who is only attempting his best to hasten his climb up the political ladder by impressing his party bosses with his Islamic credentials.
Don’t some politicians have a knack of stirring controversies in order to get noticed?
Is the Pasir Puteh MP one of them? If so, then he is among the ordinary - "just one of da boys".
I doubt then that he will ever get my message here.
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