“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."
I have no idea what someone
like Padang Rengas MP Nazri Abdul Aziz means when he uses the term
“democracy”, but if it means working across the aisle, this is a good
start for these young leaders.
Do not get me wrong, I have argued
before that as the biggest race-based parties on the block, it makes
political sense for the DAP and Umno to collaborate now that the MCA is
negligible when it comes to the Chinese vote, but things can change for
the MCA as it did for the DAP.
Remember when the ever entertaining Nazri in 2018, who was then tourism and culture minister, got MCA and Gerakan’s knickers in a twist?
This was when he took his shots at both after bad-mouthing billionaire
and philanthropist Robert Kuok and claimed that DAP represented the
Chinese community and not these two parties.
Asked to clarify, he
said, “I said the voice of the Chinese after the 2013 general election
is DAP. Is that wrong? I am friends with DAP because I respect
“I want to carry out tourism work in Seremban and in Penang. These are DAP areas. I cannot leave them aside.”
yeah, if DAP operatives can work with an Umno insider like Nazri,
anything is possible in the land of endless possibilities. By making a
Faustian bargain and working with Bersatu, DAP demonstrated that working
with morally suspect and corruption-tainted politicians was not an
impediment to “saving Malaysia”.
Theoretically, when you move
beyond the rhetoric of both sides, which is mainly for their respective
bases anyway, the idea of working together is not anathema. It is just
tricky because both bases have been riled up to demonise the other.
The problem, of course, is that the DAP has always seemed eager to
hook up with any Malay power structure if it means the possibility of
federal power. This, of course, leaves their supposedly Malay anchor
party (PKR) in a conundrum.
It does not help that Loke (as the
head honcho of DAP) brings up old ghosts by putting PKR president Anwar
Ibrahim as prime minister issue on the front burners.
the position right now is Anwar as the leader of Pakatan Harapan, it’s a
natural choice but I think that (the PM candidate) depends very much on
the outcome of the next election (GE15),” Loke said.
So if the outcome is not a clear majority and alliances have to be
formed, then Anwar’s position as the prime minister candidate is in
jeopardy? If this is not a recipe for disaster, I do not know what is.
in mind that recently PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli – who is
wrestling his own political tigers – said that PKR was given a word or
two to accept Bersatu to save Malaysia and, if not, Harapan could split apart.
Working with Umno
with Umno means holding your tongue. Much like MCA was accused of
doing, while DAP supporters want action from their representatives, even
if it means barking very loudly. And we know how DAP can make
compromises when it feels it needs to.
For decades, the running
dog narrative was used against the MCA until the realisation of working
with Malay power structures hit home when DAP realised that Malay
expectations when it came to power-sharing trumped the Bangsa Malaysia
kool-aid it was peddling to the base.
Remember that train wreck of an interview that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad gave to Malaysiakini,
where he demeaned Lim Guan Eng and claimed that the DAP agreed to
policies drafted by so-called Malay intellectuals and gave the Chinese
community less compared to the Malays?
“We still have to give
them, 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
“That’s why we didn’t talk about that. But now we have to because I have to explain this thing,” Mahathir said.
if it was this bad when it came to working with an ally, how would it
be when working with Umno, which has made it clear it wants to be the
only Malay uber alles game in town?
Forget about the old
maverick. The reality is that power needs to be decentralised,
institutions need to be reformed, and legacy corruption projects need to
be dealt with. Does anyone think that Umno or the DAP would be willing
to do this?
the DAP brings to any kind of coalition is the majority backing of a
voting demographic and, hence, they can claim to be the “voice” of the
community on secular and egalitarian issues. However, did it play out
this way when the DAP was in the federal government?
religious czar Mujahid Yusof Rawa was busy attempting to burnish his and
Harapan’s Islamic credentials, and no attempt was made to change the
Islamic narrative in this country. And the DAP had to keep quiet lest
they spook the Malays.
Maybe, and this is a big maybe, the DAP
could work out arrangements like the deal brokered by Tony Pua and Ong
Kian Ming with Muhyiddin but was stupidly rejected by Harapan with Umno.
These perhaps are more realistic arrangements which could be the start
of normalcy between the two parties.
As it stands, DAP and Umno,
possibly working together, is much like how Orwell defined doublethink:
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in
one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”