Articles, Opinions & Views: If Najib returns, it will be because of Harapan’s incompetence - 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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If Najib returns, it will be because of Harapan’s incompetence - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Malaysiakini : Malaysians have voted in successive corrupt regimes for decades, and the opposition - by first breaking the two-thirds majority and winning certain states - demonstrated that it had an alternative narrative which resonated, especially amongst the urban and semi-urban polities.

While the data coming out from the string of Umno/BN electoral victories in various state elections points to the reality that Umno is either not gaining enough new ground with Malay voters or that it is losing ground with Malay voters means bupkis.

Elections are about the people who come out to vote.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

Do Pakatan Harapan political strategists really think that people who vote Umno/BN especially in the recent state elections really did so because it was a vote for Najib? What about the seats Harapan and the DAP lost? Were those votes for Najib too?

The people who do come out to vote for Umno/BN want a form of stability. We should not be cavalier about claiming that social media disinformation and internet lies are the stratagems of Umno only.

Harapan is not dealing with the monolith Umno/BN of old. At this moment, Harapan is dealing with Umno riddled with factions who are waging a very public social media war and a bureaucracy which is in turmoil because various proxies are attempting to use the apparatus of the state in these factional wars.

And what has the leader of the opposition Anwar Ibrahim been doing? Beyond having to deny recorded clandestine conversations with the very kleptocrats, Harapan has been telling its base of what is destroying Malaysia, and there is this big tent nonsense whose sole aim is to wrest power from Umno.

The big tent, of course, is made up of the most mercenary political operatives Malaysia has to offer.

Harapan is the big tent

The news cycle should not be dominated by items highlighting the internal bickerings of Harapan. The narrative should not be of how Harapan is attempting to obstruct an election or courting political frogs or how Harapan is attempting to form another government through the backdoor.

All these news stories do is feed into the narrative that Anwar is a power-hungry incompetent hack and that the “Chinese” DAP will do anything and everything to hang on to the coattails of Malay power brokers to secure power.

And when the Bangsa Malaysia kool-aid ran into the reality of ketuanan politics, this is what happened. Mahathir said: "We still have to give them (non-Malays), but what we gave to them was very small (compared to what the Malays got). But we could not say it then, because then the Chinese would be angry. That's why we didn't talk about that. But now we have to because I have to explain this thing."

Also, when Harapan says “kleptocrats” are not welcome, could Harapan give us a list of kleptocrats who are not welcome in this “big tent”?

This way, people who support Harapan would be safe and secure in the knowledge they were not voting for kleptocrats or alleged kleptocrats, even though in the last general election, folks who were deemed kleptocrats were embraced by the Harapan faithful and indeed one of them became prime minister.

Harapan has never acknowledged that the Sheraton Move was part of the dysfunctional compact they made to secure power – which even the old maverick did not believe they could do, hence the system wrecking its manifesto.

Harapan seems to be making the same mistake again by attempting to forge alliances and placate political operatives who have no intention of supporting the kind of reforms that Harapan claims it wants to make.

The rakyat notice things like this and social media is not a good barometer of how people feel about the government of the day, especially since the swing vote is not inclined to air their views on traditional friendly opposition media.

PKR leader Nurul Izzah Anwar caught a lot of flak for basically belling the cat but in one of the braver moments in oppositional politics, former deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching, said this: “I personally won’t say (that we have done enough to convince the rakyat). We could have been more organised and put aside personal grievances, among many things."

Here is what people forget. Harapan has always been a big tent.

It already had various ideological and religious tensions which were sublimated for a common purpose and policy framework, which although not perfect, was better than anything Umno/BN was offering.

And Harapan did win elections and various states without having to abandon everything for the sake of political power.

It is that Harapan should be going up against Umno now.

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 9:27 AM  
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