“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."
The nation comes first, not Najib By P Gunasegaram
Monday, August 22, 2022
Malaysiakini : Two courts - the High Court and the Court of Appeal - have
already found him guilty of seven charges of misuse of power, criminal
breach of trust and money laundering involving RM42 million of SRC funds
and have sentenced or affirmed the sentence on him of 12 years in jail
and RM210 million in fines.
It is now time for the Federal Court, as part of the appeal process, to affirm Najib’sconviction or to set it aside. It must be allowed to do its job without fear or favour.
say that an adjournment of 3-4 months must be given is wrong and it is
very clear that the Federal Court can make its ruling on that. It was an
abuse of process to make the last ditch of change in lawyers and demand
an adjournment. If allowed, that process can continue interminably.
Justice isdone in every way
judiciary has bent over backwards - some would say even too much - to
accommodate Najib’s defence and to show that justice is being done in
every way possible. More than adequate time has passed.
was charged in July/August 2018. The trial only began eight months
later on April 3, 2019. He was found guilty by the High Court on July
28, 2020. A three-person Court of Appeal upheld the conviction on Dec 8
last year, making the Federal Court appeal his last avenue of defence.
the time he was charged, and the current Federal Court sitting, four
years have elapsed. Certainly not a short period of time. No one can say
that the judiciary has been unfair to Najib in terms of the time given.
contrast, Malaysian Roger Ng, a Goldman Sachs employee, was charged in
the US for helping embezzle billions of dollars from 1MDB on Feb 13 this
year. He was found guilty less than two months later on April 8.
When Najibfailed to get a new Queen’s Counsel and in his attempts to adduce “additional evidence”, hethen
discharged his old lawyers and appointed new ones. Then he discharged
his new lawyers, too, in a blatant, brazen effort to delay the Federal
One senior member of the Malaysian
Bar, Christopher Leong, partner at CCA, told this writer: “The judiciary
have shown themselves worthy. Unfortunately, a few of the members of
the Bar have brought shame to the Bar and disrepute to the
administration of justice. It was the other way around in 1988.”
senior lawyer, Gurdial Singh Nijar, described the conduct of Najib’s
lawyers in the latest episode as an ultimatum to the court - “either
follow us or we will scuttle the process”.
“It is highly inappropriate as it undermines the integrity of the administration of justice,'' Gurdial said.
leading lawyer, Nahendran Navaratnam said: “Najib was playing a game of
brinksmanship with the Federal Court - intent on leaving no option but
to delay the appeal. He was thwarted by a principled bench who declined
to give him any special privileges.
“The conduct of
his lawyers in facilitating Najib’s shenanigans is deeply disappointing.
It’s one thing to disagree but to use disagreement as the only basis
for accusing the bench of misconducting itself is over the line.”
early as tomorrow, or perhaps in a short time after that, Najib’s fate
will be sealed. As no new evidence has been adduced, the process may be
quicker than what is generally anticipated with reliance being made upon
issues already presented and filed as submissions are now over.
is however imperative that the Federal Court, the apex court which has
the final say on all judicial matters, in their collective wisdom, has
the final say on Najib’s fate as far as this particular case is
Any attempt to usurp or deny the Federal
Court’s powers in this respect must be resisted by all Malaysians. The
nation comes first, not Najib.