“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 will never reform the PDRM - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Malaysiakini : "Police business is a hell of a problem. It’s a good deal like
politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it
to attract the highest type of men. So we have to work with what we
get...” - Raymond Chandler
COMMENT | In March last year, then inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador when describing his frustration at the bribery going on within his organisation with the allegations made against 12 police officers said this:
one who takes (the bribe) is the husband, if they don’t think about the
fate of the family, then they can carry on, and if they are caught,
there will be no point of feeling remorse as there have been enough
warnings and advice given.”
is the problem right here with the Royal Malaysia Police Force (PDRM).
All these “warnings” and “advice” for dirty cops are exactly why the
security apparatus is in the state it is in.
Everyone knows that
there are corrupt cops but everyone also knows that they will be advised
or warned not to carry on being corrupt cops.
But why only be
concerned with the rank and file? The reality is that the police top
brass is involved in corrupt practices – or at least that is what was
alleged by the high ranking members of the state security apparatus – as
described in Copgate.
In that sordid case what we were witness to
is the power plays that went on between two former high-ranking police
officers, which no doubt crosses from the bureaucratic to the criminal
if the allegations and counter-allegations are to be believed.
It also highlights the shadowy nexus
between organised crime and law enforcement with added racial
overtones, which is naturally par for the course in this country.
this example, do you really think that political operatives in the
establishment were in the dark? Keep in mind that the then home minister
Hishammuddin Hussein said: "Prove it, prove it. If they prove it, we
can take action." Unfortunately for him, there was proof under his nose,
as detailed here.
Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin's audiotape
of him extolling the benefits of promoting “our boy” to the top Special
Branch job, is merely business as usual between the political class and
the state security apparatus.
Hamid accusing Hamzah of political interference
was merely the cherry on the manure cake as far as the former IGP’s
accusations that he was being targeted by a cartel whose aim was to take
The fact that he was replaced demonstrates that, unlike
IGPs of the past who jealously guarded their position with the aid of
political backers, it is obvious that for whatever reasons, Hamid did
not have this safety net.
The police force has become a culture of
its own succoured by religion, racialism and handouts, riddled with
corruption and sharing a symbiotic relationship with the criminal
underclass of Malaysian society and beholden to political masters who
have always been engaged in protracted internal power struggles.
am sure there are good cops in the PDRM. The irony, of course, is that
good cops may also be part of the system of low-level corruption, but
they carry out their duties in a way that is beneficial to whichever
social strata they engage with.
The system is complicated and it would be simplistic to ignore such realities.
However, I would argue that reforming the PDRM is more a political problem than an institutional one.
Political operatives stand to benefit
social activists, former law enforcement officers and various pressure
groups are clamouring for reform, the people most often standing in
their way are not from the PDRM – who do want reform for various reasons
– but political operatives who stand to benefit from alliances with
power groups within the police force.
The fact that when Pakatan
Harapan was in power, they chose by omission to endorse the victimhood
narrative of the state security apparatus when it comes to oversight,
should tell us everything we need to know about efforts to reform the
Keep in mind that the Suhakam findings in the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and social activist Amri Che Mat revealed the Special Branch was behind the disappearance of both these individuals.
what did the then Harapan prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad say? He
said: "I think they must produce some evidence, this is merely hearsay."
of course, Mahathir also blamed the former regime. Which is strange
because, with all the detentions of politicians, activists, journalists
and citizens under his watch, one would think that he would be aware of
what the Special Branch is capable of.
And if you think that all
this is bad, never forget about the mass graves of Wang Kelian. Also,
keep in mind that Special Branch reports that were highlighted in the
press claimed that 80 percent of law enforcement and security officers at Malaysian borders are corrupt.
enemy we have to fight is one that operates as an institution. We are
dealing with institutionalised corruption so deeply entrenched that
expecting internal discipline is like asking the chief crook to rat out
on his runners," a Special Branch officer had said.
And what did
Ahamd Zahid Hamidi do when 12 police personnel were detained for their
role in the mass graves of Wang Kelian? Well, Zahid said that there was
no evidence and released them.
does anyone really think that political operatives really want an IPCMC
(Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission)?
seems to me, and maybe to you, too, that having any kind of oversight
would hamper the way how the state security apparatus and the political
Not many political operatives want this to change.