Anushka Anastasia Solomon, a local girl, now domiciled in America, has written a passionate plea to our leadership to remember that we are all just dust in the final analysis, and the need to follow laws subject to scrutiny from international countries. You can read more about her here.
From small it has been drummed into us not to ape the Westerners. We are told their culture is decadent, evil, and should not monopolise our deeds and thoughts. Whatever it may be, in certain departments of governance, they are very much ahead of us and beyond comparison. Can the second sodomy case of Anwar be initiated in the States. I doubt very much. There are too many loop holes, contradictory evidence to justify it being laid before a judge in America.
Anushka argues that even Malaysians have more faith in the meting out of justice in other countries as when compared to our country. It will be childish to comment that if you believe in better justice elsewhere, why stay here; what is wrong in our praising something that is better than that is obtained here. Is it wrong to expect our leaders to emulate the better practices elsewhere, rather than belting out the same old song of fairness and justice for their own personal benefits forgetting the world is watching us.
I reread the comments of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in regard to the Anwar’s case. She is adamant in saying this case is political in nature. She was of course replying to our Home Minister’s warning that America should not meddle in Malaysian affairs. She was not apologetic but firm to say that transparency, fairness and rule of law must be followed in the sodomy allegation.
Besides her, New York-based Human Rights Watch group says the case lacks credibility and Anwar is a victim of high-level conspiracy to thwart the opposition. Along this line of thinking is the present move of UMNO to be palls with PAS again to weaken the opposition.
The newspaper report ends with a caution on the financial markets and investors in this country, and anything that happens to Anwar will badly affect the situation.
Can we accept our leaders to reconsider the implications and not just think about political survival, but to think of the future of the country failing which they will face the same caustic comments of the people as Dr Mahathir has to face even though not in power now.
This is the Washington Post report:
Rice says will continue to speak out on Anwar
Thursday, July 24, 2008; 12:22 AM
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday Washington would continue to speak out in legal cases such as that of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, despite accusations of meddling.
Hours before meeting Malaysia’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the ASEAN regional forum in Singapore, Rice said the United States had long spoken out in cases deemed to be political in nature and would continue to do so.
“We are always going to speak up on human rights cases, political cases, but again we do so in a spirit of respect for Malaysia,” Rice told a news briefing.
Anwar, a former deputy premier, faces AN allegation he engaged in a homosexual act with a former aide that could derail his political plans.
He has not been charged with sodomy — a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment in Malaysia — but the claim mirrors events in 1998, when his rise was halted by a jail term for sodomy and corruption.
On Wednesday, Malaysian Home (Interior) Minister Syed Hamid Albar met foreign diplomats in Kuala Lumpur and warned them against meddling in Malaysia’s affairs.
But Rice said she did not see U.S. comments on the case as meddling.
“The United States doesn’t recognize this very firm barrier, that there are certain things that are simply internal affairs when a case of this kind comes up. But we are going to continue to work with Malaysia.”
She reiterated the U.S. view that transparency and rule of law must be followed in Anwar’s case.
“Part of the comfort level or the confidence that states need to bring to the international system is that their judicial systems are indeed responsive to rule of law, transparent and fair.”
“Even-handed application of the rule of law is very important,” she added.
New York-based Human Rights Watch has said the allegation against Anwar “lacked credibility” while Anwar says he is the victim of a high-level conspiracy to thwart the opposition.
Anwar is leading a loose alliance of three opposition parties to try to seize power from the government by mid-September.
His attempt to oust the government comes at a time when the ruling National Front coalition, in power since independence from Britain in 1957, suffered its worst electoral setback in a March general election.
The political uncertainty has roiled financial markets and unnerved investors.
(Reporting by Sue Pleming; Editing by Bill Tarrant)