Valour and Courage: It's a moral issue as well, says lawyer The Malay Mail October 23, 2008
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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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It's a moral issue as well, says lawyer The Malay Mail October 23, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
The Defence Ministry should have granted Capt Mukhtiar Singh an opportunity to plead his case before he was denied his pension 30 years ago, said lawyer Ram Karpal. This, he said, was in line with the General Orders, which public officers, including servicemen, are subjected to. The General Orders, he said, specifies that government servants have the right to put in representation before they are subjected to any action. “For example, if a policeman is found guilty of committing a wrongdoing, he is allowed to defend himself before he is stripped of his pension. “Was this man (Mukhtiar) ever given the opportunity to do so? This is the question that has to be answered by the ministry,” he said.

Mukhtiar was denied his pension on a technicality after he had failed to attend the “Platoon Weapons” and the “Young Officers Tactics Course”, deemed compulsory, prior to his retirement from the army. Yesterday, the ministry issued a statement, clarifying that Mukhtiar was ineligible for pension as he had not served the required years of service. “The ministry has no right to tell him that he has no right to a hearing. If you want to deprive a man of his right to a livelihood, in this case, his pension, the least you can do is grant him an opportunity to be heard,” he said.

Ram said legal aspects aside, the authorities should also address the moral issues at hand. “This is the most obvious of moral cases. People appear to have lost sight of the simple question, which is: does he deserve it? “He served the nation for 30 years, and is certainly more deserving of it than most people.” The Malay Mail
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