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7th Rangers: Country belongs to rakyat, not politicians by Lieutenant Colonel MOHD IDRIS HASSAN (Retired)


 
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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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Country belongs to rakyat, not politicians by Lieutenant Colonel MOHD IDRIS HASSAN (Retired)
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Star
: " LOOKING at the recent events taking place in our country, it’s not difficult to conclude that race relations must be at the lowest ebb now.
And it’s happening as we mourn the loss of one of Malaysia’s favourite sons who spent his entire life fighting for the country he loved and called home. Distinguished ex-police officer Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Leng must have found it extremely painful seeing what he and his colleagues had built disintegrating before his very eyes, and that those who shed their blood and helped make Malaysia a great country are now referred to quite freely as pendatang and even told that they should go back to their countries of origin if they are not happy here.

One deputy minister was so caught up with the Petaling Street incident, where the Chinese ambassador visited Petaling Street, he even threatened to “slap” Chinese Malaysians if they took their grouses outside the country to what he called their godfather from China. The threat was such that even without the actual act taking place, the crack and echo of the word lempang (slap) has reached the far corners of this country, causing much ire among the Chinese population.

Our politicians need to be reminded that to be good leaders, they must be well disciplined, do not get easily ruffled and not make racially charged and hurtful statements that can break race relations. I still remember Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak a few year ago during his visit to Chennai, India saying it was important to recognise all those who contributed to nation-building irrespective of their ethnic background.

For the majority of non-Malays who have long been citizens, especially those born after Merdeka, Malaysia is the only country they know. They are not citizens of China or India and cannot pergi balik India or pergi balik China.

The Chinese have proven that they are loyal and responsible citizens. During the Emergency, our police force had one of the best Special Branch units in the world manned by officers 90% of whom were Chinese. It was the SB that helped break the back of the communist terrorists and contributed in no small way to make this country a safe and secure place where all, irrespective of race and religion, can work, raise their families and share the bounties fairly and proportionally. More can be done in the equal distribution of wealth, though.

I would like to commend the Malay Rulers who have intervened to remind politicians and NGOs not to stoke racial and religious tension to garner support. The Bersih 4 rally and the counter rally by the red shirts added fuel to the fire, as racial slurs were hurled openly. Perhaps we need to rethink if these rallies serve any useful purpose.

Meanwhile, will all the “warring” parties take a step back from the brink to mull over the advice of the rulers? Please remember that this country does not belong to politicians; it belongs to the rakyat.
Lieutenant Colonel MOHD IDRIS HASSAN (Retired)

Kuala Lumpur
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 2:10 PM  
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