My open letter to Anwar IbrahimPosted: July 5, 2008
Dear Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,
I have been taught that before saying something bad, or criticising a person, first have something good to say. So I have this to say to you. I feel that I am on your side of the battle. I don’t admit to be your biggest fan, nor do I admit to even being a fan of yours, because in my world, I don’t believe in being a fan of individual politicians. But I am a fan of the ideals that you have presented to us. I believe in having a more accountable government in Malaysia. I believe that the current system has gone to the dogs. And I believe that drastic measures have to be taken in order to change this.
Currently, you are waging war, head-on, with the people from Barisan Nasional. You are waging war with the powers-that-be. And because of this, perhaps you have your reasons to be careful with what you reveal, and at what times to do that.
But I ask of you to take a step back from this political war, and look at Malaysia. Look at what has become of her. Don’t just look at how frustrated the people are with the rising prices, and their increasing inability to make a living. Don’t just look at how inept the police force is, how unaccountable the government is, or how shady the judiciary is, though important as they are.
Look, for a moment, at how lost we are. How divided we are.
In the past week or so, there have been allegations after allegations, denials after denials, reports after reports, SDs after SDs. One to cross out the other. One to counter the other. One to discredit the other. But where does that leave us? Us Malaysians? In the dust.
Some people don’t know who to believe anymore. Some have decided to stand firmer on the ground they originally stood on. And supporters from either ends are starting, in my view, to behave in a manner I only know to be atrocious. Name-calling, mud-slinging, conspiracy theories. Malaysians seem to hate each other even more now.
With the most recent developments, especially the first SD revealed by P.Balasubramaniam on the Altantuya murder case, this has become not only about Malaysia anymore. Altantuya may not be here anymore, but her father still is. Her children still are. And they are still waiting for justice to be done.
You have said that there will be more evidence to come. Evidence on the Altantuya case. If you do, I make a request to your conscience to not make it any more political than it already is. For almost 2 years, Mr Shariibuu and his family have waited patiently for a just trial over the brutal murder of his child. If you believe that the larger picture is more important than self, then should it not be that justice should be done before you think of your political career?
And what of the three people currently under detention over the murder case? As someone who has been in prison before, I’m sure you can understand what it is like to be in there. And if there is more evidence that can bring some light into the proceedings of the court case, surely that is important too?
If indeed you have evidence, I call that you release them. I am no politician, so I don’t know what reasons you may have. But I find your reasoning in the Press Conference dated 3 July 2008, likening this to that of a “series of bollywood drama” unacceptable. To see your opponents squirm is one thing, but not on the expense of having the innocent (I refer to the family of Altantuya) suffer for an extra day.
I did not write to offend you, or any other persons. My intentions stem purely from wanting the best for Malaysia.
May justice prevail. And may Malaysia stand strong.