“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."
Here's what could likely destroy Umno - P Gunasegaram
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Malaysiakini : The registrar told Bernama that the ROS will make a decision on whether Umno polls can be postponed under Umno’s constitution amended in May, by July 16.
If the registrar does not agree, then Umno’s polls must be held before
and not after GE15. And it must be held by Dec 30 this year.
decision against the amendment will give prime minister Ismail Sabri
Yaakob a perfect excuse to defend postponing elections to next year, at
least to see who will be the leaders to take the party into the next
Also, by the end of December, both Umno president Ahmad
Zahid Hamidi’s trial on multiple corruption charges and former PM and
Umno president Najib Abdul Razak’s appeal against conviction of 12
years’ jail and RM210 million in fines on criminal charges related to
1MDB are likely to have been settled.
legal opinion is that under such circumstances, the results are likely
to be negative for both Zahid and Najib because the cases against them
are strong. The question that arises, if this happens, is who will
contest the party polls in the absence of Zahid as president.
The two frontrunners for president are, of course, current PM Ismail
and current Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan, also known as Tok Mat.
Khairy Jamaluddin is a potential competitor too considering that he did
well in the previous polls in 2018 for president when he came a
creditable second to Zahid in a contest which included Tengku Razaleigh
Hamzah, as I explained in Part 1.
as I said in Part 1, Ismail is currently a vice-president and became PM
because he had the highest votes among the VPs. Tok Mat could not
become PM because he was only a state assembly representative.
the worst, the three - Ismail, Tok Mat and Khairy - could fight it off
for the president’s post and the winner will lead Umno into elections,
or there could be some kind of mutual agreement among all three of them
or two out of the three.
In any case, under this scenario, the
question as to who will be president and lead the party into polls will
be decided before GE15. If Tok Mat wins instead of Ismail, then Ismail
may be interim PM perhaps until the polls, unless some deal is made.
could be the path that will be the most favourable for Umno and
contribute to the most amount of stability and continuity. Also, the
second rung leadership of Tok Mat, Ismail and Khairy rises to the top
and the so-called court cluster of Zahid and Najib, and others
associated with them, drop out.
What if ROS approves amendment?
a branch of government, the ROS’ decision will probably lean somewhere
along these lines and a valid argument can be made out that changing the
constitution just before the polls to delay polls is not the best thing
to do - which it isn’t - and may thwart the original intention of the
But what if the ROS decides the constitutional
amendments are valid and the elections can be postponed? That causes a
host of problems. Zahid will continue as president, Najib will support
him and they will hope somehow to get rid of their legal tangles. But
Ismail meantime, keen to remain prime minister, will postpone
elections as long as he can, withstanding pressure from Zahid to hold
elections earlier. As the sitting PM, Ismail decides when elections will
be held - unless he is removed as PM which will require a no-confidence
That’s unlikely. Sections within Umno are likely to support
Ismail who will enjoy the support of the opposition as well, which is
in disarray and will favour GE15 to be delayed.
Not all in Umno
support either Zahid or his immediate predecessor Najib for the simple
reason that their elimination will lessen the number of competitors for
leadership and influence at the top.
What will shorten the list is
to let the court cases go on. Zahid is facing multiple charges and if
the courts find him guilty of just one charge, the pressure on him to
step down as president of Umno goes up tremendously.
is entirely possible that accidental PM Ismail, by virtue of his
position will seek to delay elections as long as he can, theoretically
two months after the first parliamentary session was held after GE14 -
that can take it up to September next year.
That’s enough time for
the court cases against Zahid to be completed and he may, as expected,
be found guilty of some of the charges, making his position as Umno
president no longer tenable.
The same would apply to Najib’s cases
where the defence attorneys appear to be working very hard to delay the
final decision by asking for things which will hold up the progress of
the trial, such as the appointment of a Queen's Counsel from the UK to
represent Najib at his final appeal before the Federal Court.
too may be settled if Ismail has his way and delays the elections. On
balance then, this may thwart the attempts of the desperate duo, who are
firmly allied to each other because of the threat the court cases pose
With so much uncertainty, voters may well decide to do
away with Umno altogether and throw their lot in with others which might
at the very least result in a hung Parliament and a protracted period
of uncertainty before coalitions are forged.
While not many people
give Pakatan Harapan and its allies a chance, it cannot be discounted
as a possibility. Also, it cannot be discounted that some within Umno,
in the case of a hung Parliament, may decide to go with Harapan which
may tilt the balance in favour of the opposition.
A new Umno president?
are Zahid and Najib together likely to command so much power between
the both of them that they will be able to force elections before that?
If they manage to do so, it is a rather divided Umno that will go to the
polls with perhaps Ismail out of the picture or being forced to toe
If before this, Zahid however steps down on
conviction, then the next candidate who will step up to the position is
Umno deputy president Tok Mat, who is likely to have prime ministerial
ambitions. Tok Mat then has the option of going for party polls first or
gets to choose Umno’s slate of candidates and go for the general
A pardon for Najib and Zahid may happen if Umno
is in power as leader of a coalition but their political careers will
The greatest promise for Umno and the best chances for
them to get support from an unforgiving rakyat is if both Zahid and
Najib are thrown completely out of the equation. Remember, the Malay
support for Umno fell well below 50 percent to about a third during
GE14, largely because of 1MDB and Najib’s role in that entire episode.
Malaysians routinely stigmatise those in the kampungs as having not
enough knowledge of what is happening. That’s not true - the Malays in
the rural areas threw Najib’s Umno out in 2018. They can do it again.
that electorate is not going to be happy if there is talk of pardon for
him and he plays a major role in a resurgent party which lost GE14
because of him. More so when Zahid, himself cornered by strong court
cases, and Najib are currently posing so many problems for party unity.
is just one raison d’etre for Umno (its full name is United Malays
National Organisation) - to unite Malays so that their rights and
legitimate interests are protected and reflect this in the improvement
in the living standards of Malays.
While Umno leaders have
repeatedly shown great interest and paid lip service to protect Malay
interests - they have often used non-Malays as the bogeyman, blaming
them for the poor position of the Malays and the need to continue
assisting the Malays - they have not done nearly enough to improve Malay
living standards widely.
Malays have not achieved their true
potential because of not only an incompetent leadership but an extremely
corrupt one which enriches select groups within the Malay and non-Malay
community and pawns the rich resources of the country to a select group
of both Malays and non-Malays, at the expense of the broad rakyat of
all races, and particularly Malays who form the majority community.
Gaudy display of wealth
now the Malays must be tired of the gaudy, dowdy display of wealth of
Umno leaders who live way beyond their means and often put down their
riches to having earned them when there is no evidence to show that at
When they assume that the Malays in general do not know that,
they make a dangerously wrong assumption - one just has to look at GE14
to know that.
The time has come for Umno to perform, truly
perform for the Malays which if they do properly will extend as well to
every community in the country - when you help over 60 percent of the
people, you can’t do that without helping everyone.
rakyat are not going to be hoodwinked anymore and if Umno thinks that,
it will be their destruction if not at the next polls, then the one
after that by which time it will be obvious to everyone the changes that
need to be made.
That scenario could change only if the
leadership in Umno makes a commitment to move to the straight and
narrow. That must mean that Zahid - and Najib - must go, never to return
The next few months will be crucial.
Finally, a word
about Sabah and Sarawak. If corruption is bad in the Peninsular, it is
worse across the South China Sea where both Sabah and Sarawak have
squandered rich resources to make a few incredibly rich. The ruling
classes there, more so than in the Peninsular, are heavily in league
with these businesses and many of those who control businesses are
Sabah and Sarawak will have a huge bearing on who
comes into power but they generally favour Umno. Umno has to lose
heavily - like they did in 2018 - in the peninsula for a change of
government to take place with at least Sabah’s results unfavourable to