Sunday, November 09, 2008

Tan Sri Ramon and Anwar

Recently in an interview with Malaysiakini, Tan Sri Ramon, the head of Transparency International, said that Anwar can be a good PM.

It made the headlines in the online news portal although Tan Sri Ramon said Najib is a good PM material too.

However, some words from Tan Sri Ramon seem to throw questions into the pool.

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FROM MALAYSIAKINI, Asked on the ‘difficult’ question whether he believes Anwar is guilty of his misadventures of the sexual kind, the veteran Ramon calmly replied, “I don’t know what to believe anymore”. “I understand from friends that such practices have happened in public schools not only here but all around the world.

“Recently I find it difficult to accept it, I mean he is not a young boy or young man and he is mature. I am not sure really how much of it is real or how much of it is rhetoric,” he said.

Ramon said “we can depend on the court to make judgement” but was quick to add that he does not have enough confidence in the judicial system.

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Whatever it is, Anwar is innocent until proven guilty. We give him the benefit of the doubt. Anwar was not innocent in the previous court case that involved Sukma.

According to the judgement in Anwar's appeal which saw him released, the three judges read:

To summarise our judgment, even though reading the appeal record, we find evidence to confirm that the appellants were involved in homosexual activities and we are more inclined to believe that the alleged incident at Tivoli Villa did happen, sometime, this court, as a court of law, may only convict the appellants if the prosecution has successfully proved the alleged offences as stated in the charges, beyond reasonable doubt, on admissible evidence and in accordance with established principles of law. We may be convinced in our minds of the guilt or innocence of the appellants but our decision must only be based on the evidence adduced and nothing else.

Read the full judgement HERE.

We might not have the confidence in the Court of law in Malaysia. But did we not have confidence when Anwar was released after his appeal?

Did the Courts miraculously became fair and just on that day? I wonder.

And I remember reading from Malaysia-Today that KJ was there to give Anwar his passport and access to Munich for treatment.

Let us pour everything out, shall we?

1 comment:

misled_youth said...

I guess everyone has an opinion in the 1998 Anwar case. But leaving aside what anyone personally believes to be the true story, the greater issue here is our beloved judiciary. Its independence and its integrity.

Just because the Federal (or is it Supreme?) court acquited him (actually it was more like a non-acquital acquital like Hishamuddin's non-apology apology), does not mean that all's well in the judiciary.

Its sorta like finding a nice apple in a basket full of apples. One good apple does mean the rest are not rotten.

Anyway, we need to admit that the judiciary is tainted and is not in a state that we can be proud of.

If we can do this, then the next step is to rehabilitate the judiciary.

This is the MOST IMPORTANT thing to do! Ahead of the economy, ahead of ISA, ahead of Education, ahead of anything!

Why? Because when an injustice is done to a man( and it can be anyone of us!), the courts are the last place that we can find someone to hear our plight. To right a wrong. To uphold justice.

If the courts cannot dispense justice, cannot guard the common man from oppression, cannot uphold civil liberties and the constitution, then.....honestly, I feel like crying.