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" ā€œWhen you're left wounded on
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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 soldierā€
General Douglas MacArthur

" ā€œWe are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.ā€

ā€œIt is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.ā€
ā€œOld soldiers never die; they just fade away.
ā€œThe soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,
for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.ā€
ā€œMay God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .ā€
ā€œThe object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

ā€œNobody ever defended, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
ā€œIt 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
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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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A cabinet of 'beggars who can't be choosers'
Saturday, December 03, 2022

Malaysiakini : Ministers chosen to prevent Sheraton 2.0.

Anwar unveils his cabinet - Zahid DPM I, Fadillah DPM II

Vijay47: My immediate sentiment was acute disappointment as I could not shake off the feeling that Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was forced into a corner, daggers in his front and back.

Nevertheless, he made a good show of a most difficult situation and managed to pull out a somewhat credible cabinet from his hat. For that achievement, well done, sir.

The plus points include PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail as home affairs minister. That should put the fear of the Lord into quite a few unsavoury characters.

DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke for transport minister is also appropriate - he can now put MCA president Wee Ka Siong on a slow boat to Timbuktu where PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang would be hiding.

That obnoxious BN chairperson and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being exiled to the boondocks of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry is a welcome comfort.

But the unkindest cut of all, the most bitter pill we have to grit our teeth and swallow, is the recall of Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz. Why? He had a far-from-impressive term at the Finance Ministry. He must be having plenty of powerful people backing him.

As a philosopher told me, beggars cannot be choosers, Lucifer also is a necessary evil. Maybe. But losers should not be ministers.

Mazilamani: It may not have been an easy decision for Anwar to name his cabinet. At this juncture, it is unwise to make adverse comments without truly knowing the background of each cabinet minister.

Surely the profile of every cabinet appointee would have been vetted by the Intelligence Division before their appointment.

Zahid should not be an issue; many may not want to accept the reasoning that without his influence, Umno or BN may have swung to the other side. We would have all become history.

By Umno staying stubbornly independent, its relevance may amount to self-termination by the next general election (GE). Admittedly, Umnoā€™s survival depends on its tie-up with Pakatan Harapan.

The cabinet has been named, now let us support the PM. Anwar may have appointed the right persons for economy, education, the Home Ministry, Foreign Ministry, for international trade and industries, and law.

God willing, the country is now on the right road.

Man on the Silver Mountain: In this situation, I would give a satisfactory rating to the composition of the cabinet. It is noticeably made of mostly the PMā€™s men. These are political appointments. His hand is strengthened, and so too is this government. 

Some interesting ministers and portfolios include finance, and being held by the PM is logical. It seems Anwar has planned for this - the rejection of salary and the public declaration of assets.

He will no doubt be compared to former premier Najib Abdul Razak as the PM who held this portfolio. Yes, a PM is in charge of finance, but he is no Najib.

The reason for him to reserve this portfolio is that he wants direct involvement in turning this country around. So, it is a challenge for him. It will make or break him, depending on the outcome later.

The other interesting portfolio is law, held by Umnoā€™s Azalina Othman Said. A nice appointment and she is probably nicely suited to this portfolio. Her experience as a deputy speaker will come in handy.

Home Minister - Saifuddin, a trusted lieutenant of Anwar. This will put fear in the enemy. Abdul Hadi, better watch your mouth.

Defence, also under Umnoā€™s Mohamad Hasan (Mat Hasan), but there is nothing much to do there as this is not wartime. I cannot see any improvement in this area, and I do not expect the littoral combat ship scandal to be resolved.

Indeed, it is the wrong person for the wrong job by all counts, especially politically. The appointment was made to obviously appease the coalition partner.

As for the Youth and Sports Ministry under DAPā€™s Hannah Yeoh, she is good for this job. However, Hannahā€™s watchers are probably a little disappointed that she is not given a tougher job, like the Federal Territories Ministry. She will do well for sure by bringing a positive touch to the youth.

Tengku Zafrul for the Ministry of International Trade and Industries? What? Another act of appeasement. Meanwhile, PKR deputy chief Rafizi Ramli now helms the Ministry of Economy, therefore expectation is high on him, so letā€™s see what will happen here.

While DAPā€™s Yeo Bee Yinā€™s situation perhaps caused her the job as it is untenable politically for Anwar, her comrade Nga Kor Ming gets an upgrade. He is minister material, but it depends on where your taste in politics lies. The rest are predictable.

Apanama is back: As expected, Anwar occupies the Finance Ministry, which I personally agree with. In fact, no one else should be the finance minister at the moment.

Anwar always talks about ā€˜wastages and leakagesā€™, therefore, he needs to control these two weaknesses. All the government procurement approvals will finally reach the Finance Ministry for funds.

In his previous stint in 1993 and onwards, he controlled these procurement funds very well at the time, and he was also deputy prime minister.

Of course, there will be uproar here and there. He may hand over the finance minister post to someone else at a later stage but not now. Let him take the blame for any blunders in finance.

While Anthony is back to transport, Anwarā€™s buddy Zahid is the deputy prime minister (DPM), so the prime minister can watch him closely. It is a smart move.

Even GPSā€™ Fadillah Yusof will also be the other DPM. Food security and cost of living go to two Amanah MPs.

Other ministries look fine for me and need to wait for their performance. It is really a unity cabinet for a unity government. My best wishes to the Unity Cabinet!

Cogito Ergo Sum: Anwar had limited options to start with, given the restrictions, this seems the least poisonous. Zahid is there to ensure a second Sheraton Move does not happen.

But there are a few whose presence is inexplicable. Letā€™s hope this lasts for the duration of its tenure, which is five years. We cannot afford any incompetence anymore and everyone in the cabinet are answerable to the people who put them there: the voters.

With Parliament speaker Azhar (Art) Harun expected to be shown the door, perhaps elected representatives can do their job of checking executive excesses.

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:29 AM  
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