“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."
Can Anwar, the prime minister, be trusted? By Francis Paul Siah
Monday, September 12, 2022
Malaysiakini : Look at the top leaders of the coalitions and you will surely know what I am talking about.
I do not expect much to change after GE15, irrespective of who heads
the new government. My expectations of leaders are very high and I doubt
the current crop of political leaders could fulfil them.
very concerned about some “unseen” but not “unexpected” episodes
happening after Harapan is in power, assuming the coalition wins GE15.
I am still haunted by the ghosts of Harapan’s 22- month administration
led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The majority of Malaysians who supported
Harapan were left bewildered, probably even up to this day, as to how
and why a democratically elected government could be stolen in broad
daylight from them.
believe they do not wish to see a repeat of such an unthinkable
episode. Hence, the all-important question – how well prepared is
Harapan in avoiding another bickering and unstable administration?
answer lies with the man who will be Harapan’s second prime minister -
that is if Harapan managed to defy the odds and win GE15.
a lengthy piece here, let me touch on just one important aspect and my
key concern in the formation of a new government – that of assembling
his first cabinet by the prime minister.
Will Anwar do a Mahathir, when he becomes the prime minister?
Selecting his cabinet of ministers is his prerogative as PM, so will he
appoint ministers without considering the recommendations of his allies
in the DAP and Amanah?
Remembering what Mahathir did? I can recall
two incidents when Mahathir acted arbitrarily in exerting his power and
without considering the repercussions of his actions.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had announced, during the GE14
campaign, that if Harapan wins, two senior party MPs namely Nga Kor Min
and Chong Chieng Jen would become full ministers.
would have none of it, choosing names not recommended by the DAP for
cabinet positions, like Yeo Bee Yin, a first-time parliamentarian.
as if to cheekily insult the two male MPs whom he could have a distinct
dislike for, he appointed them to junior positions, Nga as deputy Dewan
Rakyat speaker and Chong as a deputy minister.
Two, Mahathir also
meddled with PKR decisions. He decided to appoint Azmin Ali to the
senior position of economic minister even though Azmin had already got
himself sworn in as Selangor menteri Besar.
It became clear that
this was Mahathir’s ploy to create dissension within PKR and to prevent
Anwar from becoming prime minister. What a dirty move, Mahathir!
episode which many could clearly recall was the refusal by Mahathir to
make way for Anwar after two years as the interim prime minister. I
wrote several articles in this column on the issue; one of which I
stated that everyone heard it was for two years, except Mahathir.
is no guarantee that Harapan’s internal tussles will not surface again.
Hence, I believe it makes sense for the three coalition partners to
agree on a cabinet line-up, before going to the polls.
It is not
silly or ridiculous to do so. This is not about jumping the gun or
planning for something that has not taken place yet.
It’s okay not to adopt the “win first, then decide” strategy. Be a step ahead, Harapan. Learn from the bitter lessons of GE14.
Can Anwar be trusted once he becomes prime minister? I wouldn’t trust him 100 percent, that’s for sure.
ahead, what if Anwar decides to ostracise Rafizi Ramli and his team and
make life difficult for his newly elected deputy. Assuming PKR wins the
most number of seats, Rafizi should be deputy prime minister by
What if Anwar decides to appoint Saifuddin Nasution
Ismail as DPM instead? What if Anwar decides to appoint some of his
“favoured boys” in PKR, including those known unsavoury characters, into
important public positions?
This will likely start another round
of internal tussles within the Rafizi and ant-Rafizi camps in the party.
A fragmented PKR will prove disastrous for a Harapan government.
question: Will DAP and Amanah put their feet down should Anwar step out
of line as PM? They didn’t during Mahathir’s time. We know what
This must not happen again. To ensure that the
cabinet issue does not give the Harapan administration another early
jolt, it’s best for an agreement to be put in place and one which Anwar
and PKR must honour.
Because Anwar, the prime minister, owes it to his allies and Malaysians who voted for Harapan to do so.