Friday, September 27, 2019

Finally, Goldman Sachs Want to Settle Amicably

Finally, Goldman Sachs said something sensible and meaningful.

The investment bank and financial services company claim they are seriously seeking to resolve their entanglement with the 1MDB debacle and help return money to Malaysia. 

Their president and chief operating officer John Waldron (right) – in response to a question about 1MDB – had declared in a Bloomberg Television interview on Wednesday: “We’re looking to put it behind us and get the Malaysian people the money that they deserve”.

That's polite language that says they are now admitting they have wrought an injustice to Malaysia by riding on 1MDB's coattails to benefit from the latter's acts of plunder. 

Supposedly, they had previously offered RM1 billion but Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (right) reportedly turned it down, saying it was “little” compared with the “huge killing” that the bank made from the bond deals.  

If it’s true what Goldman Sachs intend to do, it is a smart move – but action speaks louder than words. We shall see! 

On Wednesday, the Reds beat MK Dons 2-0 in the Carabao Cup (League Cup), teeing up a fourth-round home tie – for the first time since 2016 – with Arsenal. 

James Milner opened scoring for Liverpool as the other side’s keeper Stuart Moore fumbled a routine shot. And then teenager Ki-Jana Hoever doubled our lead with a towering header from Milner’s fine cross. 

On the same day too, holders Celtic eased past Partick Thistle 5-0 to win their 29th successive domestic cup tie and set up a Scottish League Cup semi-final with Hibernian. 

Vakoun Issouf Bayo headed in his first Celtic goal in the fifteenth minute to open the scoring before Tom Rogic finished a flowing move in the forty-sixth minute. And Olivier Ntcham's seven-minute double (56, 63), and Scott Sinclair's strike in the seventy-sixth minute, sealed Celtic's last-four berth. 

Yesterday, at almost the last minute, I attended the KPP Toastmasters meeting in Sunway Mentari in Bandar Sunway, Selangor. 

A wee group of seven Toastmasters and one non-Toastmaster had assembled – and for those who were there, we endeavored not just to work on our public speaking but at the same time, to strive toward improving our Malay language proficiency. 

Of course, I took the opportunity to speak on “Kekecewaan” ('Disappointment' in English) for CC#8.

It strikes me that our meetings are really brimming with merriment and conviviality. We have so much fun!

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