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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,

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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."

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How does Oktoberfest challenge the position of Islam? - Mariam Mokhtar
Friday, August 05, 2022

Malaysiakini : The Malay/Muslim community make up at least 60 percent of the nation. The heads of the various government departments, the ministers, leaders of government-linked companies, schools, universities, police, and armed forces are mostly Malay.

Every residential area has many mosques and surau within shouting distance of one another. Mat Rempits who are repeat offenders are told to attend religious classes.

Widespread Islamic influence

Even things like root beer or hot dogs have to be renamed. Muslim converts, the born-again Muslims, act more Muslim than most Muslims.

At one time, in a conservative state on the east coast, Malay men who were absent thrice for Friday prayers, were paraded around town in a hearse.

There is no escaping the Islamic influence, and yet PAS’ claim that the annual presence of some beer guzzlers poses a serious threat to Islam in Malaysia. Really?

Idris said alcohol affects Malaysia's harmony, tranquillity, and public security. He is a perfect example of Dr Mahathir Mohamad's "Melayu mudah lupa".

The ‘cow head’ incident involved racist Malay/Muslims who threatened the peace. However, no beer was involved.

When some Malays were furious that bumiputera Christians use the word Allah in their prayers, no one consumed any beer; nevertheless, these hot-headed thugs caused public disorder.

Idris said alcohol was responsible for domestic violence, traffic accidents, poverty, fights, health problems, and poor work performance.

He sounds like he is describing a drunk person based solely on how he's seen them portrayed on television shows and movies, but has never actually encountered a drunk person in real-life.

Thankfully, Idris has provided a possible explanation for the poor work performance and belligerence of the annoying Little Napoleons in some government departments.

Drunk drivers may cause traffic accidents, but why did PAS omit the fact that drinking is responsible for relatively fewer road deaths compared to other causes?

In some Malay households, it is not alcohol which causes domestic violence, but a bullying, possessive, and jealous husband, or one who is under financial strain and deals with his stress by beating his wife.

The herd mentality is strongest when GE15 is imminent. Amanah’s Permatang Pasir state assemblyperson Faiz Fadzil joined the bandwagon and agreed that Oktoberfest should be banned.

Amanah should learn to be original. Trying to ape PAS will not get them more votes.

Alcohol for new Malay mothers

Some people may remember Wincarnis, a tonic wine. Older Malaysians know this drink as a blend of fortified wine, malt extract, and a combination of botanicals.

When I was a child, Wincarnis was consumed by nursing mothers during confinement, including in many Malay households. A small glass helped stimulate the appetite before the new mothers ate their herb-infused sup ayam kampung (village chicken soup).

The tonic was popular in Malaysia, Singapore, the Caribbean, and the Gulf. It is said to be rich in vitamins, especially energy-giving Vitamin B complex, and has beneficial effects on the circulation system and blood pressure.

The alcoholic content for Wincarnis is 17 percent. Most German beers have an alcoholic content by volume (ABV) of between 4 to 7 percent.

For comparison, Tiger beer has an ABV of 4.8 percent, Anchor is 5.0 percent, Carlsberg Special Brew is 7.5 percent, and Foster's is a mere 4 percent.

When the older makciks (aunties) met the new mothers in our extended family, the bottle of Wincarnis was produced, and the air was thick with cries of “It's good for your blood”, “It's heaty and will do your circulation good”, or “Drink up! It will get your strength back.” And the new mothers did not drink alone.

There was no talk of domestic violence, of maksiat (immorality), or of the liquor being a gateway to crime and evil. It didn't promote alcoholism among family members and did not destroy the mind.

More importantly, the alcoholic drink did not challenge the role of Islam in the family, or nation. Family members continued with the prayers and rituals expected of a Muslim.

If only PAS would realise that at a time when jobs are scarce, Oktoberfest may provide much-needed employment for many Malays in several industries, like food and beverage, hospitality, tourism, warehousing, bottling factories, transport, and sales and marketing.

Every little bit helps and Oktoberfest could give a much-needed boost to the economy.

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