22 March 2014
The Malaysian Chronicle reports – The court verdict for PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar’s sodomy trial has affected the Kajang by-election. Meanwhile, a Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people on board was reported to have gone missing. The two incidents have brought shock, anxiety and worry to the country.
After Anwar was found guilty of sodomy and sentenced to a five-year imprisonment, his wife, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, is forced to again contest on behalf of him. The announcement made by another “prospective candidate”, former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim, to give up contesting, has also affected the country’s political situation.
It was originally a controversial planned by-election filled with PKR’s infighting. The intervention of Anwar has triggered a controversy while the ambiguous attitude of Selangor Menteri Besar has led to the loom of possible variables.
The five-year imprisonment is undoubtedly a heavy blow to Anwar, the PKR and even Pakatan Rakyat, as the whole political strategy has been disrupted and everything must be re-deployed. However, it has also accidentally reunited the PKR and Pakatan Rakyat and temporarily, they have put aside their internal conflicts to face the by-election, winning the moral high ground for the coalition.
There might be different interpretations for whether the court’s decision is a political judgement if we view it from different perspectives. What is certain is, the decision will affect the upcoming Kajang by-election. Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat might be able to gain more sympathy votes, causing a greater challenge and pressure to the BN’s candidate, MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
Meanwhile, Anwar has called for the Reformasi 2.0, making it difficult to be optimistic about the national reconciliation plan. It is worrying whether the development of the country’s politics will fall into another chaotic zero-sum deadlock.
In such circumstances, a MAS flight with 239 people on board suddenly went missing, adding more worries to the country and making the atmosphere more gloomy.
So far, the flight remains missing. We are as worried and helpless as the families of those on board. What we can do is to standby them, give them comfort and strength while hoping for a miracle. Even if the hope is tiny, we should never give up.
We are still waiting for the missing flight. MH370, we are still waiting for you, even though we have prepared for the worst.
Such a wait is long and painful. “There is nothing missing in the house, excepting you.” It was really sad to hear these words from families of those on board.
The disappearance of the flight has brought many mysteries and speculations. Two passengers have been confirmed to have boarded the flight with stolen passports, sparking speculation of terrorist attack. However, before the black box of the aircraft is found, everything is possible, everything remains speculation.
At this moment, what we have to do it to pray silently for the missing flight and those on board, as well as our country.
The Kajang by-election and the flight disappearance are completely two different matters. Forcibly pulling them together and making pointless speculations, criticisms and accusations are unnecessary and insignificant. Please stay rational and don’t add insult to injury!