“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."
XoXo : Siti, go for it. Make history. Be the country's saviour and Malaysia first woman PM. None can see the root causes of the country's problems as well as you do. As you see it correctly, the Malays still feel they need the protection of Malay political supremacy to ensure their well-being and survival. We need a leader like you to make them see how they are being exploited by their own leaders.
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | The Johor state election has just concluded with a big thud for the forces of reform, just as it did after the Malacca polls.
have been reading analysis upon analysis then and now, and somehow I
must say I am puzzled on why no one seems to see why the results are
such. But then, it is no surprise. Wisdom is not conventional.
people, especially the elite class of commentators who de-cry the
Bangsar Bubble, as if they are not of it, what more if they have been
invested in the fortunes of political elites and dynasties and their
narrative, over decades now, cannot bring themselves to accept the
reality on the ground.
Me, I've lived among our people in the forests and seen their pain and hurt. I've gone to many kampung and sat with makcik and pakcik whilst my fellow lawyers and I defend cases no one cares about.
Yes, in spite of what the internet says. I've gone and sat on a
routine basis, having my favourite cockles and invites from the
small-time open-air Chinese warung and hearing what they say. And when I come back to the city I tell people - you guys got it wrong.
us just look firstly at the data and make a quantitative judgment call
on what it means before I make my qualitative analysis:
turnout was barely above 50 percent. To me, it spells voter apathy.
Voters are not motivated to turn up to the polls. The question then is,
The votes for Perikatan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan
combined would have mostly defeated BN in almost all seats. What does
that tell us? BN is not back in favour from a constituency standpoint.
But at the same time, there is no opposition bloc that is viable to form
an alternative government acceptable to all sides of that
constituency. So, let's put aside all talks of gerrymandering being a
To me, this data tells me that BN
maintained its voter base and they came out to vote. The youth vote as a
result of Undi18 was practically un-impactful with only 20 percent of
the total voter turnout.
DAP could not get its voters out with the same rigour of previous elections. In spite of that, the opposition is basically DAP.
- let's call it as we see it: it is finished. It is, in its present
form, an obsolete party. When the fish rots it rots from the top.
short, unlike GE14, the opposition bloc does not have a viable Malay
alternative that this segment of the constituency can rally under. There
is no leadership that the people can see the opposition has that it can
Analysis and thoughts
Here, my dear fellow citizens, are my humble analysis and thoughts:
of all, none of this is unexpected for people like me. We knew the
demographics that will turn out and why. Those who turned out are
relatively hardcore political party sympathisers.
It is not an
endorsement of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak or Umno president
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. It is that Umno will deliver its core base of
voters who still feel they need the protection of Malay political
supremacy to ensure their well-being and survival.
The same goes
for the DAP. The party supporters turned out. The ones who did not
were those majority from all walks of life non-Malays who have now lost
hope and feel helpless about the future and what it holds for them and
The elephant in the room that many refuse to
recognise, that has lost its way, lost its credibility and lost itself
as an entity is PKR. Two state elections now have shown PKR the door.
PKR came into existence due to two factors:
mirage that it is a reformist party of a reformer in the person of its
then imprisoned leader, Anwar Ibrahim. Unfortunately, that particular
image has been found to be false as soon as it gained power. Its leader
is and was nothing more than an Umno warlord who lost a power struggle
and paid for the consequence of it. The thirst for being Numero Uno was
all that matters for the leader and the warlords within PKR. It was
not Dr Mahathir Mohamad who was the sole reason for the break up of the
Harapan government, as PKR supporters like to point out to deflect the
blame. It was greed for power in the Umno DNA within Harapan that did
the deed. And that DNA was and still is leading PKR.
is now the Semangat 46 with the facade of a multi-racial political
party. Imagine a party with so much infrastructure and money, the very
essence of what so-called pragmatists have been saying is what is needed
to win elections - but it cannot even muster two percent of the popular
vote. PKR is as good as unknown independents that they scoff at for
being spoilers in an election, a non-factor and yet still wants to
smugly hold the mantle of the opposition leadership. What leadership?
It cannot even hold its own party together.
does the nation go from here? We are now going to be saddled with the
return of an incompetent and corrupted BN with a theocratic partner in
PAS. The nation is on the road to doom. And yet people did not turn
out to vote. Why?
I think we need to stop talking about the past.
The 1MDB has been prosecuted. If we don't correct the future even that
will be for nothing.
The fact that someone went to jail for
losing the Umno power struggle does not make him a reform idol or the
hope of a nation, and the people have now spoken - twice. Please go
This is something that commentators, political leaders and
analysts need to recognise. An election is not about the past. It is
about the future. It is about having hope for the future.
turn up to vote when they are hopeful for the change that can happen.
They come out early and wait in line in the hot sun, clinging on to
When there is no hope for a sale, there is nothing for them
to drag themselves out. It is that hope that makes them go out every
day to earn a living for their family. It is that hope that has been
We have to start afresh
I am going to be very blunt in my assessment and what I believe is the only solution for our future for our people.
is now the largest opposition party. The people still have some hope
for it. If it does not act decisively before the next GE, the people
will too lose that banner of hope. It needs to take leadership in
deciding who it thinks the rest of the opposition constituency wants to
PKR is not it. We have to start afresh. Even if we
do not regain the governance in the next GE, we need to raise up true
leadership for all Malaysians.
The non-Malays, Sabahans and
Sarawakians need to see the sincerity in the leadership that will forge
together a strong coalition that has the courage of its conviction.
it sees today is a coalition that depends on a Malay leadership that
even when given power was only interested in jostling to be the prime
minister, instead of focusing and leading the challenge on how to deal
with the ills of our society - the suffocating of religion in education
and governance and the freeing of the economy from crony capitalistic
fact, this segment of our society sees the Malay opposition bloc led by
PKR to be at best silent when faced with these issues and at worst,
They only need to see that, whenever non-Muslim
interests are under attack by extremist elements in Malay society, the
Malay leadership in the opposition are deathly quiet. There is no
leadership to speak of to give them the hope that they and their future
are being cared for.
The Malays that want to support an
alternative do not seem to be able to hold on to real leadership. Today,
many of the old have forgotten and the young never knew of the 2M
administration of Mahathir and Musa Hitam that burst onto the scene in
1981, bringing a progressive hope for a self-confident Malay society and
a multiracial developing Malaysian citizenry.
administration showed a different way to progress through science and
technology and international trade and commerce. There was none of the
obsession with religion and the religious industrial complex that has
grown to what it is today.
That only came to being after
Mahathir's obsession with Islamisation in governance went on steroids
after Anwar's admission into Umno to be the bulwark against the PAS
By the way, most do not realise that whenever or
wherever I go to give my own talks on the need for separation of
religion and state to Malays, even in rural or semi-rural settings, the
reception has always been positive.
It is the way it is presented
that is important, to show how religion is being used to keep the
Malays down for votes and for wealth by those in power. But, most of
all to even do that, one has to have the courage of leadership to know
that right is might.
What the 2M phenomenon of the early 80s
showed, was that the right leadership is the key to success. We did not
follow that through. Singapore did and we are left behind.
Malays are now the bulk of the urban poor and this problem will grow.
The government and society will not have enough to alleviate this
problem very soon in the future. We need real leadership and that will
not come from the old political warlords that we have today.
coalition needs to be built and a new leadership needs to emerge.
Perhaps a new coalition of opposition comprising DAP, Muda, Warisan and
Gerak Independent. Drop the rest.
We need individuals of honour, integrity and capability to move beyond our current deadlock of a viable alternative.