Articles, Opinions & Views: In this pandemic, rakyat and PN have been acting irresponsibly - 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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In this pandemic, rakyat and PN have been acting irresponsibly - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, May 24, 2021


Malaysiakini : "(Politicians) told me to loosen roadblocks and asked why I tightened them. If they are loosened again, the (Covid-19) clusters would increase." – Former inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador

COMMENT | Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s appeal to Malaysians to “self-lockdown” is a sad attempt to rally an apathetic public enabled by an incompetent political system. And by the political system, I mean Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Pakatan Harapan.

The reality is that much of the damage this pandemic has wrought has been brought upon by the current government, individual state governments but most importantly, by a public who has no problem using the incompetence of the political system with their inconsistent rules to flaunt public safety guidelines.

When the rakyat sees political operatives breaking SOPs, or when the government rolls back on restrictions, it makes the pandemic less serious and it becomes a partisan issue, rather than a health emergency.

There is a strong mistrust for what the government is doing and the statements and strategy coming out from the occupants of Putrajaya do nothing to allay those fears and mistrust. 

Take the issue of testing. Earlier on when we had this under control, the Health Ministry director-general claimed that the system is under such a burden and that the ministry has decided to scale down on testing. This was in January of this year. 

Since then, not only have the numbers gone up because of the ineptitude of Putrajaya, but also because the rakyat decided that they had enough of this pandemic and they were enabled by the lax enforcement of the state security apparatus and a political class, to busy engaging in internal political feuds.

Political operatives like to say that this is a war and one of the most important aspects of any war, especially one waged in the homeland, is an informed public that supports the war effort and which has the self-discipline to mitigate the damage brought upon by the enemy.

So far what the Malaysian public has demonstrated is that they are willing to use the incompetence of the government to their “advantage” when flouting movement restrictions orders or SOPs, secure in the knowledge that often their conduct would be politicised, hence the blame falls squarely back on the federal government.

Meanwhile, the PN regime in attempting to balance the economy and public safety – which are not mutually exclusive – is attempting to find a middle ground in a health conflict that often demands decisive action, which oftentimes means drastic actions.

Take a simple issue like roadblocks, for instance. The former IGP – whose quote opens this piece – publicly stated that enforcement of movement control and the effects thereof were damaged by political interference. 

So, of course when the politicians interfere with enforcement, and the state security apparatus are lax in enforcement, the rakyat is going to take advantage, thereby making the situation worse.

Former inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador

Meanwhile, the rhetoric surrounding the emergency is another distraction. For those who are used to operating in a feudal system after years of political and social indoctrination, a decree by the king and the non-existent difference between a lockdown and an emergency is not the galvanising force some in Harapan think it is.

Do not get me wrong, I am all for opening up the Parliament, but for the life of me, I do not understand how wanting Parliament to open up to work with the PN regime necessarily changes anything when Harapan political operatives can, and should, work with the PN government now. 

What’s the point of saying there would not be a vote of no confidence and only “Covid-19 related issues", when you could do the same thing, now?

When Harapan does comment about the pandemic, it is normally about how the current government is mishandling it. What they should be doing is hectoring the base that non-compliance with SOPS and movement, regardless of consequence, is just as damaging to this country, or even worse. 

Instead of making a meal out of VIPs flouting SOPs, political operatives should emphasise that personal responsibility, when it comes to this pandemic, is an extremely important factor in winning this war.

Take Selangor, for instance. On social media, we see all these crowds and folks flouting SOPS, businesses not taking federal and state government guidelines or diktats seriously, and we do not see the political apparatus asking why there is such lax enforcement. 

We do not see political operatives questioning how their control of the state is either mitigating or enabling the pandemic.

The question I get from the people is not how the current government is screwing up the handling of this pandemic. The question I get is why is the public failing the test when it comes to this health crisis.

What this pandemic has demonstrated is that the rakyat cannot rely on the political system – but even worse, they cannot rely on each other.

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:02 AM  
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