“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”
General Douglas MacArthur"
“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, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
“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."
Politicians do not want to reform Malaysia - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Malaysiakini : “If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.” - Mark Twain
| There is a thing that people do when talking about Malaysia. Everyone
defines the context as if politicians do not know what the problem is
when it comes to what is destroying Malaysia. This of course is not
Malaysian political operatives can be roughly divided into
three categories. The first are those who acknowledge the problem and
want to do something about it. These folks do not get far.
The second, those who understand what the problem is, but for
political self-interest have no desire to address the problem. These
folks by far are the mainstream.
The third are those who do not
think that the problem is really a problem and that it is merely the
natural order of things. These people have always been in power.
dialectic when it comes to reforming Malaysia has always been centred
between the second and third types of political operatives. Meaning
people who are voted in for change have no real interest in change but
sustaining their own positions are in conflict with people who do not
think that there is a problem at all.
This is why we get nowhere
in this country because the political system is predicated on dumb
personalities and of course race and religion.
So what is the
problem in Malaysia? Take your pick - systemic racism, corruption, the
degradation of our public institutions, religious extremism and the
systemic dismantling of our civil liberties. All these problems seem
insurmountable but they are not.
The connective tissues between
all these issues are the racial and religious agendas of successive
Malaysian governments that desire a narcotised majority and a
disenchanted aggrieved minority. This plays into the Manichean political
narrative that communal agendas need to safeguard political interests.
is not that political operatives do not want to sell progressive ideas
to their base – even though they live progressive/liberal lifestyles and
the religious bureaucracy does not hassle them – it is that they want
to keep existing narratives alive so they can profit for them
politically. Amanah is a craven example.
When people ask me, why
do I always write about race and religion, this perhaps is the dumbest
question ever because everything in this country is defined by race and
In newsrooms and supposedly independent media in this
country, folks have to be careful about not hurting the sensitivities of
the majority but nowhere are the sensitivities of the minorities
Remember the kerfuffle when PAS central committee member Khairuddin Aman Razali publicly considered the long term needs
of the majority: "There are long-term (needs) that require us to win
the next general election with a two-thirds majority. (Upon achieving
this) the electoral boundaries need to be changed to benefit Muslims. We
also need to increase the number of parliamentary seats in
Folks were upset but this is really what
defines the political discourse in this country. PAS grassroots
activists have been telling me this for years. They were happy when Umno
was attempting to do it, even when they were at “war” with Umno.
Because they understood the long game. And when Pakatan Harapan was in
power they did nothing about issues such as these - instead, blaming
everything on the old maverick when they were coddling him and praising
him as if he was the second coming.
I’ll give you an example. Anwar Ibrahim a decade ago, during an interview with CNN, said this about the deliberate politicisation of race and religion of that time (which has not changed):
antidote for this behaviour is to restore credibility to the
institutions of civil society. The media should be free, politicians
must be held accountable through free and fair elections and the
judiciary must be able to operate without interference from
"Economics also factor importantly into the
equation. Income inequality in Malaysia is among the worst in the world.
Despite decades of an affirmative action policy designed to uplift the
poor and marginalised Malays, in Malaysia the rich get richer while the
poor stay poor - and that includes poor Malays, Chinese and Indians.
need to revisit the design of economic policy and how the country
allocates welfare and resources. Affirmative action remains essential to
ensure that the poor and marginalised are not forgotten.
there is no reason to exclude poor Chinese and Indians from the policy,
as has been the case for so long. Endemic corruption has led to the
enrichment of a few well-connected businessmen and politicians but the
vast majority of their wealth never trickles down.”
So that is it. Those are the words but the “opposition” had no real intention of turning these words into action.
affirmative action, forget about where you stand on this social and
economic policy but the majority would lose nothing if affirmative
action was inclusive and needs-based. Instead what Harapan did was to
further justify disproportionate funding to "not spook the Malays" and
gaslight their base.
Indeed, the goal of political power in this
country has never been to reform the system but rather to realign
political interests to sustain the system without radically changing how
it interacts with the majority of Malaysians, regardless of their
ethnicity or religious beliefs.
You know how some folks say that
the political elites have hoodwinked the Malays. Well, non-Malay
political elites, especially those in Harapan, are part of those
political elites. And by voting for these political elites who sustain
the system to retain power, voters are complicit in sustaining a racist
Malaysians who think that there is something wrong with
the system have never really had an alternative. There is no alternative
when it comes to the bumiputera system, and the reason why there is no
alternative is because there are no political alternatives that
political operatives are offering to the majority.
I have no idea
if it is too late to reform the system that seems like everyone is
concerned about, even the very people who created or helped to create
it. I do know that with the fractured political landscape, there will be
no coalition willing to undertake such reforms.
This landscape is the perfect soil for religious extremists to bring to fruition their ultimate agenda.