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Articles, Opinions & Views: Tommy Thomas is right but it’s still bad advice By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy


 
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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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Tommy Thomas is right but it’s still bad advice By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Malaysiakini : The DAP, for instance, always accused the MCA of being running dogs, but when in power, they kowtowed to the Malay power structures and lectured the base about the reality of governing.

Prominent oppositional figures chastised anyone from the fold who was critical of the status quo and allowed Mahathir and Harapan to steer the ship and not cause a ruckus.

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and Lim Guan Eng

Raduan Che Rose of the National Professor's Council (MPN) said: "Painting the government of the day as a government dominated by a certain race is very inaccurate because the government is backed by various races, represented by MCA, MIC and parties representing other communities of Sabah and Sarawak.”

The statement is complete horse manure because even the late Samy Vellu said that all roads, when it came to policy, lead back to Umno.

When Harapan was in power, Mahathir shamelessly claimed that then-finance minister Lim Guan Eng had no real power and every decision he (Guan Eng) made had to get his approval.

He added that more was given to the Malays but nobody could talk about it because this would anger the non-Malay base.

So, this idea of having non-Malay representation means consensus is bunkum. Non-Malay representation - and I know this is hard to grasp more often than not - is merely a fig leaf.

And that is why counting non-Malay numbers in any "Malay" government means bupkis.

If you think about this issue in a rational way, Malaysia has always been governed by a “Malay government”. When Harapan took over, albeit briefly, this did not change.

Indeed, so sycophantic were the non-Malay political operatives to Malay personalities (which strangely did not include PKR president Anwar Ibrahim), they made the MCA and MIC look like race gladiators.

And when the base, not non-Malay political operatives, mind you, demanded a little bit of egalitarianism, Anwar retreated to his “don’t spook the Malays” narrative, Rafizi Ramli fretted over hyper liberals and the DAP devoured its own, who were clamouring for a newer Malaysia.

Meanwhile, all these Malay uber alles political operatives who are screaming because Thomas dares to bell the cat, are extremely comfortable talking about how Malay unity trumps everything in this country.

They are demonising the DAP for being associated with Thomas. Malay political operatives can talk about race ad nauseam, but non-Malays who talk about race are demonised as being racist, ignorant and bigoted.

Zaid Ibrahim

So, when Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim, who is actually one of the better political operatives around, wonders why someone like Zaid Ibrahim is linking Thomas’s statement to the DAP, well it is obvious, right?

Thomas made this statement with luminaries from the opposition, including Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang. Thomas is closely aligned with Harapan, and so, you can bet that the Malay uber alles crowd is going to latch on to this. Why give your opponent ammunition?

Who is the Malay electorate? The swing vote that Harapan got because of Mahathir? The electorate who are voting for Bersatu and PAS? The same electorate which PKR is desperately attempting to court and always has to be mindful of, less the party appears to be stooges for DAP?

Do you think any of them are going to see a failure of a “Malay” government as a big motivator to switch to Harapan?

Is the Malay electorate the ones who believe that Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik was right when he said that it is better to vote for corrupt Muslim leaders than honest non-Muslim leaders?

Or are they the young Malays who seem to favour Bersatu over Umno? Is the Malay electorate the people who believe that the non-Malays have already too much in this country and they need a government which looks after their interests? Will they switch to Harapan?

So, how exactly is the DAP, for instance, going to make this an issue? Will its secretary-general Anthony Loke have to talk about the failures of a Malay government when he shares the stage with Anwar?

Dr Zakar Naik

Is he going to indulge in the kind of stereotyping that anonymous cretins share on social media about this “Malay” government because that is the first thing Malay uber alles types are going to draw attention to?

And who is the target audience here? Is Muda going to have to go on about the failures of a “Malay” government when their leader had demonised the DAP before, but now, the party wants him in the “big tent”?

More importantly, since race and religion are not mutually exclusive in this country, is Amanah going to have to talk about how this “Malay” government has failed not only in terms of the economy but also say something about how this government has failed them in the religious spheres as well?

And we are aware of Harapan's track record when it comes to religion during their reign.

The Malay uber alles cartels want you to fight on their terrain. They do this because it not only advances their cause but also makes people think of the good old days when there was political, economic and social stability and not the reality that things were going down the crapper.

This is about offering an alternative and someone like Rafizi - and he is not alone - understands why it is important for the Malay polity to have an alternative but also the reality that without a clear alternative, highlighting failed strategies is useless.

What we are talking about here is winning the hearts and minds of people who are feeling the failed leadership of the political class and this includes Harapan.

If you are going to remind the Malay electorate that the government has failed, all you are doing is reminding them that they need Malay leadership which will ensure their success.

In other words, could Harapan be that "Malay" government for the people who think that this particular "Malay" government has failed them? This is not a winning strategy for them or Malaysia.

This remains the state of play.

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 9:02 AM  
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