It has been more than two weeks since I sat across this man. I miss his intensity, his purposeful glare, his challenging pout, that impish smirk when he knows he has made his point, his encyclopedic archive of facts, figures and dates, but most of all our shared vision: A NEW MALAYSIA.
He is now in a cell, in solitary confinement where the forces of the Government will do their patriotic best to break him into submission. Did he insult Islam? Why did I see, in Permatang Pauh (on Nomination Day and during the campaign) pakcik and machik, and young Malay men and women throng him, queuing up to take a photo with him or at least to shake his hand. If he has insulted Islam and what he wrote about anathema, these grassroot Malaysian Muslims would have treated him like a leper. I did not see that, not in Pematang Pauh, not during the GE12 campaigns. But the sitting Government who allows racists like Ahmad Ismail go free (and without an apology) whilst they put his man in a cell over some trumped up interpretation that he insulted Islam.
In my earlier post I did say that I was made to understand that the King and the Sultans are guardians of the Islamic Religion. Have their prerogative been usurped by the Government. WHY AREN'T THESE GUARDIANS making a concerted stand? This perplexes me endlessly. And some of you still say that THIS COUNTRY IS NOT IN DISTRESS?
Pete did says to me:
"Don't get angry. Get even"
"You’re useless to me in your present state. Have that fury when we strike. I need you calm and cunning now".
Just like he told Haris:
SO PEOPLE, YOU TELL US HOW DO WE GET EVEN?