“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."
1MDB Trial: Jho wanted Arab letters to be secret - witness By Hidir Reduan Abdul Rashid
Monday, November 07, 2022
Malaysiakini : Fugitive businessperson Low Taek Jho wanted four letters from a Saudi
Arabian prince purportedly promising donations to Najib Abdul Razak to
be kept away from the public, the Kuala Lumpur High Court heard.
former prime minister’s then-banker Joanna Yu testified today that Low
(also known as Jho Low) told her this via a Blackberry Messenger (BBM)
message on June 23, 2014.
During the RM2.28 billion 1MDB
corruption trial against former finance minister Najib today, the 41st
prosecution witness was shown a transcript of the alleged conversation. It showed Low (above) purportedly telling her that Najib had instructed that the “gift letters” from Prince Faisal were not to be made public.
When deputy public prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram asked what she understood
from the message, Yu replied that the letters were to confirm that the
funds coming into Najib’s account were the result of the alleged Arab
Sri Ram: What was the purpose of the message?
Yu: To make sure those letters were not to be given to the public. It was supposed to be treated as confidential.
explained that she understood the letters were only to be relied on by
AmBank’s then managing director Cheah Tek Kuang to be shown to then Bank
Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, but that Cheah was to take it back
after it was shown to Zeti.
When Sri Ram asked whether the BBM messages were conveyed to Cheah, Yu testified in the affirmative.
I mentioned that if anything, the governor (Zeti) can actually refer
back to the account holder (Najib),” the former AmBank relationship
as the 38th prosecution witness, Cheah testified that Yu gave him a
single copy of one of the four Arab letters in order to be shown to Zeti
as part of the then-incoming millions of ringgit of purported donation
from Saudi Arabia.
Najib’s defence team had previously shown to the court copies of these alleged Arab letters promising donations due to the accused for “good work to promote Islam around the world.”
reply to a question from Sri Ram, Yu added that she has never received
any money from Najib, Low, or Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil. Nik Faisal was the
mandate holder of the accused’s account.
The trial before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah resumes this afternoon. These
purported Arab letters were rejected by the court in a separate RM42
million SRC International corruption case against Najib.
Najib’s 25 1MDB charges
Najib is on trial for four counts of abuse of power and 21 counts of money laundering involving RM2.28 billion from 1MDB.
relation to the four abuse of power charges, the incumbent Pekan MP was
alleged to have committed the offences at AmIslamic Bank Berhad’s Jalan
Raja Chulan branch in Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur, between Feb 24, 2011,
and Dec 19, 2014.
On the 21 money laundering counts, the former
finance minister was purported to have committed the offences at the
same bank between March 22, 2013, and Aug 30, 2013. The prosecution contended that the wrongdoing at 1MDB was carried out by Low and several others with Najib’s blessing.
the accused’s defence team claimed that Najib had no knowledge of the
crime perpetrated at 1MDB and the embezzlement was solely masterminded
by Jho Low and other members of the fund’s management.
1MDB is wholly owned by the Minister of Finance Incorporated (MOF Inc).
Najib also used to be the chairperson of 1MDB’s board of advisers.
BN advisory chairperson is serving a 12-year jail sentence after the
Federal Court on Aug 23 dismissed his appeal against the SRC conviction
over seven criminal charges, the custodial term, and an RM210 million
fine in lieu of an additional five years in jail.
Initially a subsidiary of 1MDB, SRC later became fully owned by MOF Inc. Najib also used to be adviser emeritus to SRC.