“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."
Malaysiakini : Zahid has maintained in court
that he and some 20 other Umno politicians, including former prime
minister Najib Abdul Razak, Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan, and
former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, were
selectively prosecuted by the Pakatan Harapan government.
has been very strongly pushing for the 15th general election to be
called, much too strongly. He said that the Umno/BN coalition is willing to wade through flood waters to campaign in an irrational outburst for polls to be called early, even during the monsoon period.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob dissolves (Parliament) during the
flood, (we) will brave through it to contest. All BN machinery will go
out even during floods and typhoons,” Zahid said.
In the same report, Malaysiakini
said the Meteorological Department has predicted for the monsoon season
to start in November and carry on until March 23, 2023 which differs
from the usual monsoon period of September to November. Malaysia was hit
with one of the worst floods in history in December last year.
Under the circumstances, it is rather callous for Zahid to be calling
for immediate elections when there is a real danger of floods during
the elections. Elections need not be held until five years and two
months after the first parliamentary session following the last general
elections (GE14) or September next year.
There is really no
pressing reason to hold it earlier except to ensure that Zahid remains
Umno president when the elections are declared and he can stand for a
seat at the time.
Post that, and if Umno/BN win or are the
dominant partners in a ruling coalition, he could even become prime
minister. That would mean much power and influence which he can use to
help to free himself from the charges.
With prosecution the sole
prerogative of the attorney-general, the AG may be persuaded to withdraw
the charges and perpetuate a corrupt Umno dynasty with disastrous
consequences for the country.
Who will gain?
will benefit from such an outcome? Umno? No, because even if Umno wins
now, with all its bad policies and corrupt leaders, it will sow the
seeds of its own destruction at the next elections.
In terms of
timing, so soon after Najib’s guilt was proven beyond any doubt followed
by incarceration and his very public demand for pardon even before
serving a significant sentence and his unrepentant behaviour, it is bad.
would serve Umno much better at the polls if they waited until the
legal process got rid of their key corrupt leaders and then faced the
electorate by saying that they intend to change for the better. At
least, there will be some proof in the pudding instead of merely
mouthing accusations and platitudes.
Will early elections benefit the Malays? No. Because with the most
corrupt leadership ever leading Umno, they will have no time for the
Malays and will collaborate with their business partners, Malay and
non-Malay, in a continued rape and pillage of the country.
non-Malays? No. Except for a few prominent non-Malays who enjoy a
lucrative relationship with the Umno leadership, most non-Malays will
face increasing pressures and discrimination and find it more and more
difficult to make an honest, decent living. Meantime the ruling parties
will systematically ratchet racial animosities up to stay in power.
nation? Not at all. A bunch of proven kleptocrats, who stoke racial
tensions to stay in power, leading the country will lead to further
pillage and robbery of the country’s rich resources in the billions and
lead to the relative impoverishment of the masses and even the
destruction of the country in the longer term.
But Ismail Sabri is
under strong pressure to call for early polls from the court cluster
within his own party. He has assured that elections are “not too far
away”. But what is “not too far away”? It could be a year, September next year perhaps - that’s not too far as well.
if early elections are called soon, Ismail Sabri might not be PM for
long. First, Umno/BN may lose, second, even if they won, Zahid will
likely be PM, not Ismail Sabri. Ismail Sabri, who by virtue of being PM
holds in his hand the power to call for elections, may just wait.
against better judgement, he calls for early elections, the earliest it
could be will be early November. The clearest indication of an early
election is that the budget announcement has been moved forward to Oct 7 from Oct 28.
a period of one month is given between announcement and elections as in
GE14, then the earliest election date would be Nov 8 or thereabouts,
with the distinct possibility of floods, hardship for the electorate and
immense logistical problems.
If in spite of all this, Ismail
Sabri chooses to go early and gets the king’s assent, then the only
thing that the electorate can do is to deliver a resounding defeat to
Umno/BN and demonstrate that they can no longer be taken for granted as
they did at GE14 on May 9, 2018.
And Umno/BN will richly deserve
that loss. It is well to remember that ultimately the electorate decides
election outcomes and Umno/BN risks losing if it continues to pander to
the interests of Zahid and his cronies and ignores the rakyat.