The Mumbai tragedyPosted: November 30, 2008
I think this is as good a time as any to have a moment of silence for Hema Kassipillay, the Malaysian who died in the Mumbai attack. Also my condolences to Razali Ismail‘s family over his sudden death.
The death toll following the attacks in Mumbai has climbed up to nearly 200. According to reports, the fight has ended, and all the terrorists have been killed.
I don’t know if we can truly say that the fight has ‘ended’, in what I can only describe as a very disturbing turn of events. It may have ended in Mumbai this time, yes. But it has happened in Mumbai before, and no one can say with a shred of certainty if it will happen in Mumbai again. Or any other place for that matter.
Terrorism is terrorism, and it doesn’t matter to me if they come in form of Islamic militants, or Christian fanatics, or in any other form, religion or non-religion related. So I want to be clear on this point that I am against any form of cruelty and disregard for life, and not against any one particular religion.
That aside, it was disturbing to read that the terrorists were allegedly carrying Malaysian IDs. Even if it’s just a one-liner in a rather long article, it does create a whole lot of tension. From ABS-CBN:
Indian intelligence sources say that one of the gunmen now in custody told Indian authorities that he – along with seven others – pretended to be students, rented an apartment in Mumbai and meticulously staked out the targets. Allegedly, they carried Malaysian identity cards.
I searched the StarOnline after reading this article, and am glad I found THIS:
Malaysia has no link with the militants who attacked Mumbai and left at least 150 people dead, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.
He was commenting on The Times of India’s report that nine of the gunmen had claimed to be Malaysian students when they visited Mumbai several months ago for reconnaissance work.
At the very least, there was a quick response to this, and hopefully, there will be follow-up reports after this, clearing Malaysia from any link whatsoever.
However, the closing paragraphs of the StarOnline article quoted Syed Hamid as saying this:
He said Malaysia did not suffer from terrorism or extremism activities as it had preventive laws in place to ensure law and public safety.
“That is why we take action against any group that promotes extremism, whether through ethnicity, religion or culture,” he said.
I get the feeling that our fight to ask that the ISA be abolished will only be even steeper and more uphill from here on.