“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."
Did the courts bend over backwards for Najib? By James Chai & P Gunasegaram
Tuesday, September 06, 2022
Malaysiakini : EXCLUSIVE | Former prime minister
Najib Abdul Razak’s SRC International trial involving RM42 million was a
lengthy court process, taking over four years from charging to jail.
attorney-general Tommy Thomas, who initiated the proceedings, comments
on the court process and some ways to speed it up in this second part of
an exclusive interview.
Malaysiakini: Looking back, do
you think that the court bent backwards for Najib - considering the time
it took for the case to complete and the kind of objections raised by
the defence, there seems to be more leeway than given to an ordinary
Tommy Thomas: Well, I would
answer it this way. I have considerable trial experience but always on
the civil side, and when you do large trials, that means three or four
weeks or more, we always say we want it to be completed in one go.
So, if it was a four-week trial, give us one month, Monday to Friday
every week, the whole month, and civil judges tried to accommodate that.
said to (trial judge) Justice (Mohd) Nazlan (Mohd Ghazali) [to do it in
one go], and the reason is very simple - because it is much more
efficient for lawyers on both sides and for the court to focus on one
case for four weeks, five weeks, two months or three months: it is much
Of course, (Najib’s lawyer Muhammad) Shafee
(Abdullah) objected, saying it never happened like that in criminal
courts. But justice Nazlan did not deal with my request. The effect was,
as you know, the trial was done in phases.
So you get two weeks, then break, then three days, then break, and I think the trial lasted 50 or 60 days, spanning two years.
The trial itself was about three weeks. They had a break.
we have a structural problem in Malaysia and it is caused by Malaysian
lawyers who don’t want trials to go from beginning to end. So let’s
blame the lawyers first, and the courts are also reluctant.
they had accepted my suggestion, we would have had three months of trial
– and then there would have been a reserved judgment, and the judge
could give the judgment.
That was what happened in the Court of
Appeal and, to some extent, the Federal Court. The Federal Court gave 10
days, the Court of Appeal gave 15 days, so those two appellate courts
were more amenable to what we had in mind.
On the point of a structural problem. I remember in your book,
you also talked about how, in criminal cases, there is also a
requirement in original documents for the maker to be called. And this
lengthened the court process a lot. Could you talk about that and
whether there are other structural issues in law that made the criminal
trials go on for so long?
Some countries have moved
forward with white-collar crimes. But Malaysia has not. So Malaysia
still requires, in criminal cases, for the original documents to be
tendered by the maker.