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Articles, Opinions & Views: The BM (Burberry Man) who promotes BM By Andrew Sia


 
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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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The BM (Burberry Man) who promotes BM By Andrew Sia
Saturday, July 02, 2022
Malaysiakini : When he was defence minister in charge of our movement control orders (MCO), he “made his mark” in those daily dreary briefings not with inspiring speeches, witty jokes or strength of intellect. Instead, he was best remembered for his shirts that resembled colourful cakes and kuih.

When he was defence minister in charge of our movement control orders (MCO), he “made his mark” in those daily dreary briefings not with inspiring speeches, witty jokes or strength of intellect. Instead, he was best remembered for his shirts that resembled colourful cakes and kuih.

Was all that designed to inject some spice into his dull demeanour and grey character? Clothes maketh the man – but they also unmake him. If a man is dressed as a colourful clown rather than as a serious leader, how much respect can he command?

Padang Rengas MP Nazri Abdul Aziz tried to divert the issue by saying VIPs always get expensive gifts. So, is he admitting to a culture of subtle corruption? What “favours” did the givers expect in return? And even if it was a gift, the symbolism remains all wrong.

Can he do the job?

I’ve nothing personal against Ismail Sabri. But he became PM by an accident of political intrigue. And so, as a citizen, I am very concerned that we now have a leader who may be out of his depth, and whose abilities (or lack of them) in the top job will harm the country. Thus far, this man has not inspired much confidence in his career.

1) His signature Mara Digital Mall (aka Low Yat 2) failed despite all the government support.

2) As the minister in charge of security, he issued MCOs that confused people and badly harmed our economy.

3) As PM, he totally bungled the national response to the devastating floods last December. 

The latest failure is his “chickenomics”. How can an industry keep operating when costs keep rising while selling prices are forced down? But his government’s promised subsidies to chicken farmers (so that they can keep prices low) were mostly never delivered.

When the chicken sh*t hit the fan (as farms closed), Ismail Sabri instead subtly racialised the issue on May 23 by promising a “jihad” against middlemen “manipulators”. He repeated this call for an economic jihad on June 30.

Such “holy wars” make good racial politics. But remember the government’s grand-sounding National Action Council on Cost of Living that was formed way back in Feb 2018. What have the knuckleheads there been doing? Is it another symptom of #KerajaanGagal (failed government)?

Language nationalism diversion?

To make up for the lack of real achievements, what can be done? Well, how about spending more government money to build Ismail Sabri’s image by pushing Keluarga Malaysia this and that?

There are now so many billboards along our highways showing how “caring” he is with the people. Just don’t mention the poor handling of floods and inflation, please. Or his RM6,900 shirt.

If Keluarga Malaysia is not enough, then Ismail Sabri has resorted to language nationalism. In March, when visiting Indonesia, he proposed that Bahasa Malaysia should become Asean’s second language and be used in every official meeting between the two countries. 

Nggak bisa (no, cannot) retorted Indonesian Minister Nadiem Makarim who basically said that “it’s our version of Bahasa (not yours) which should rule”. Why should Indonesia, with a population of 280 million, give way to a version of the language spoken just by 30 million Malaysians?

Despite this slap in the face, the government keeps waving the flag of BM “patriotism”. Now, there are threats of a whopping RM50,000 fine plus jail time for “disrespecting” BM.

A country should indeed be proud of its national language. But why did Putrajaya try to imitate New York City by calling its areas “Presint”? Why is our new financial centre called Tun Razak Exchange rather than “Pusat Perdagangan Tun Razak”?

Why does Shah Alam have signs for “Dewan Bankuet MBSA” and “Galeri Shah Alam” when the perfectly suitable “Dewan Jamuan MBSA” and “Balai Seni” can be used? I grew up learning Ilmu Alam and Ilmu Hisab in school, why was this changed to Geografi and Matematik?

Will those leaders who have allowed such an invasion of pseudo-English words into BM be deemed guilty of “disrespecting” our national language and thus fined RM50,000? These people should be the last ones to wave the flag of language nationalism. It’s just hypocrisy.

But perhaps such contradictions reflect our national ethos. And so we have a leader flashing his wealth while preaching how “we’re all together” in Keluarga Malaysia. Showing off foreign brands while representing this country. Who can’t decide if he’s a frustrated fashion model or a PM.

This is why the Burberry Man, the BM-PM, may be the perfect symbol for Malaysia.

But perhaps such contradictions reflect our national ethos. And so we have a leader flashing his wealth while preaching how “we’re all together” in Keluarga Malaysia. Showing off foreign brands while representing this country. Who can’t decide if he’s a frustrated fashion model or a PM.

This is why the Burberry Man, the BM-PM, may be the perfect symbol for Malaysia.

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:57 AM  
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