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eNewsletter September 2009

Dear Everyone,
Hi! And how are you all? It was a very, very busy month of August because as usual, everyone wants to do training before Ramadan, as training takes a back seat during the holy month. The highlight was obviously the five days that I spent in Kucing, Miri and Kota Kinabalu, giving a motivational training program for Insurance agents. The hospitality shown was exemplary and the local food was awesome!!

Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim friends 'Selamat Berpuasa' and may the holy month of Ramadhan bring you ever closer to God.

This month, I want to talk about an outstanding man who showed exemplary behavior in the course of his duties. Lance Corporal Zamri Md Soot is a serving military personnel from the 6th Royal Malay Regiment. Recently, his battalion was involved in a Royal Parade in front of the Sultan of Kedah who is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Malay Regiment. During the parade, Lance Corporal Zamri was accidentally pierced and cut on the shoulder by the bayonet of another soldier. Despite the pain and discomfort, Lance Corporal Zamri bravely carried on taking part in the parade. Although he was informed to leave, he refused saying that it was his duty to finish the parade like a good soldier. He stayed on for almost 2 hours before being taken to hospital where he received 10 stitches for the deep cut on his upper arm.

Lance Corporal Zamri Md Soot

Being an ex-military man myself, I know that parades are not necessarily a favorite activity in the armed forces. Many soldiers would have jumped at the slightest excuse to leave the parade. This is because during parades, you have to take part in various maneuvers which have to be done in absolute precision. This requires a very high level of concentration and discipline. The heat from the sun does not make the situation any better, and a parade may last up to 2 hours. Lance Corporal Zamri however is a proud soldier who demonstrated a level of honor and courage which went beyond his rank. He had the best excuse to leave the parade and yet, honor and pride in his uniform were more important to him. I think the main thing we can learn from this simple soldier is that we have choices in life, the easy ones and the honorable ones. When we opt for the easy choices in life it could be at the expense of our honor. On the other hand we could choose the more difficult options, but ensure that our honor remains intact.

In today's world where materialism and self interests seems to be the norm, it is heart rendering to see a man who puts 'old fashioned values' like honor before his own well being. For that, I salute you, Lance Corporal Zamri! You are an inspiration to us all!! You have brought honor not only to yourself but to the military and the country.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I do hope you have enjoyed reading this inspirational story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Take care and have a great month ahead!!