Words from my old manPosted: July 30, 2008
Today, when my dad came home from work, his first words to me were:
Ah, Michelle. What is happening to Malaysia now? They really have to start doing something useful. All this sodomy allegation, Altantuya murder allegation. FIrst Bala goes missing, then now the doctor also missing..
Now some people are comparing Malaysia to Myanmar, and even to Zimbabwe! How can the government just let this be?
Do they not care that Malaysia’s image is now down in the dumps?
If the police have enough evidence against Anwar, then just charge him-lah! Enough of dilly-dally. Malaysia cannot afford to continue with this. Whether it is a government conspiracy, or a sandiwara by Anwar, it is the same. Enough means enough. Got evidence, charge. No evidence, then say no evidence!
It was more like his monologue, rather than a conversation, because I never once had a chance to input. He is obviously not happy with the state of affairs that is Malaysia. I bet most of us are not happy too, and it doesn’t even matter which side we’re on.
I guess in a way, it’s not about being meluat or not. It’s just that almost everything has been blown out of proportion, and somehow we have lost sight of what it is that is most important.
I’m not so “illusionised” as to believe that this case is going to be solved in a matter of days. Anwar’s case has grown much too big, and with more and more grey areas mushrooming, it’s starting to look more like a case of X-Files than anything else.
I don’t necessarily like this, but Anwar’s case, I believe, is an important part of where we’re headed. Because there is simply too much at stake, and almost all members of the civil society have their attention on this case, be they for or against Anwar. If Anwar is charged, and subsequently convicted, our direction would be considerably different compared to if the police have no case, and Anwar continues with his political advance.
Malaysia has been dragged through mud. Whatever the outcome of the investigations, and other cases like the Altantuya case (which has international links), we have an uphill task of cleaning Malaysia of the mud and dirt she is being exposed to now.