Articles, Opinions & Views: Muhyiddin will have to decide if M'sia a democracy or dictatorship - 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

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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Muhyiddin will have to decide if M'sia a democracy or dictatorship - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, June 07, 2021

Malaysiakini :“The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not.” - Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

COMMENT | As reported in the press, the denizens of Putrajaya are in a funk as to whether to extend this emergency. 

For a regime that is extremely sensitive to the label "back door government", Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has done everything to prove that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) regime is an undemocratic force in this country and that they are deathly afraid of the will of the rakyat.

The problem with this emergency was that it was never a real emergency, to begin with. An “emergency” for those of us who lived through it, was a disruption of normalcy that had a profound effect on our daily lives. 

This government has been so incompetent that it has made flip-flopping normal. These days if some ridiculous statement comes out of a minion from Putrajaya, the rakyat can be assured that there would be conflicting statements as the day progresses.

This emergency is a farce, which is rightly mocked by the average citizen who is going through difficult times while the political elites in this country wage a very public war for power and access to the dwindling cargo of the Malaysian gravy train.

Folks like to claim that this is some kind of existential threat to democracy in this country. The reality is that democracy was always hanging by a thread in this country.

Repressive laws that were supposed to be overturned when Pakatan Harapan entered Putrajaya were ignored or worse because suddenly not spooking the Malays became a big issue.

Nobody has any idea of what PN stands for. I know, from public statements, that their agenda is to stop PKR president Anwar Ibrahim from becoming prime minister, upholding Malay rights, which they claim Harapan was derelict in, and hating and blaming DAP for everything. Beyond that, there is nothing that points to coherent strategies and policies.

While Umno has a track record of corruption and government malfeasance, it also has a track record of winning elections and in those days, when the idea of BN meant something, it had a track record of winning the popular vote. In other words, a majority of Malaysians voted for BN.

People often ask me, what can Harapan do about this situation? How can Harapan save democracy in this country? 

The reality is that Harapan cannot do anything to end this emergency. They can make all the noise they want but the only people who can end this emergency are the treacherous bunch that started this mess in the first place.

And really when they had the chance to strengthen our democratic institutions, Harapan seemed interested in replaying the old BN games that sustained past governments for decades.

Speaking of making noise, the power group that the PN regime truly fears are the so-called “court cluster” who are making it clear that they want this government out for reasons of their own. 

With the Malay votes as split as it is and the willingness of Anwar to align with anyone who would give him a shot at the crown of Putrajaya, the Sheraton movers are in a state of panic as to how they will fare when MPs are convened.

Hence this horse manure about reaching herd immunity before Parliament can be reconvened. The fact is, that even if Parliament is reconvened, the opposition has publicly stated that it would not call a vote of no confidence and all they want to do is discuss the response of the government to the pandemic. 

This of course means very little, because PN is smart enough to realise once Parliament is back in session anything can happen and they would face reckoning they are unprepared for.

So far the PN regime, with its motley crew of Malay uber alles politicians from various power groups, have demonstrated that they have no use for democracy or democratic institutions, believing that the emergency grants them all the power they need to run this country.

Even then the rakyat should understand that this regime is not using the full force of emergency powers because to do so would wreck the economy. 

Indeed, they are not even using the full force of powers to enforce a strict lockdown because to do so would endanger the economy and this would lead to a revolt of the kind that would necessitate a real emergency.

So sure, they may harass everyday folks with sedition laws and they may attempt to intimidate dissent with various emergency powers but the reality is that the PN state will not do anything that would lead people to believe that the only way to revolt is with open hostility. 

The reason why there is so much discord in the PN cabinet is because everyone is trying to protect the economy at the same time protect their political interests. Unfortunately, both are mutually exclusive, especially during a pandemic.

All this cannot go on indefinitely. Soon the prime minister will have to commit to a dictatorship or roll the dice on democracy.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 9:42 AM  
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