Tuesday, June 24, 2008


In the wake of the explosive statutory declaration by Raja Petra Kamarudin, the deafening silence in the MSM further destroys the credibility of the independence of the media,

The absence of any response from BN politicians equally erodes their standing in public ratings.

Truly, no one is in any position to lay claim to the veracity of the declaration as at yet. The Court of Justice must prevail. In the meantime, public interest must be given due regard by all, especially those elected in power.

Lest we forget, here is a case that has put the nation under the global spotlight, and for all the wrong reasons. To remain mum, or to give delayed response only fires more speculation and the entrenchment of perceptions.

And the subsequent damage would maim this beloved nation’s global ranking.

Since the reputation of this nation is under siege, three considerations must be met immediately:

Firstly, the DPM must immediately resign and detach himself from all vantages that may or may not influence any institution or individuals responsible for ensuring justice takes precedence. This is to enable the impartial investigations to be carried out in a transparent manner.

Secondly, the media must report in an independent manner devoid of any vested interest. National interest precedes personal allegiance. Failing which the credibility of any independent press will only be damaged further along with the nation’s democratic principles.

Thirdly, upon establishing the whole truth and nothing but the truth, whoever is guilty should not escape punishment.

If RPK is guilty of shameless wrongdoing, then the law must take its full course to the last letter. If the DPM is party to the guilt, then no rod should be spared and the same goes for the deputy PM’s wife.

Mere rhetoric and guarded responses or safe silence is not going to make any positive impact to nation, king and citizens alike.
Denying that the nation is in crisis mode will only cheat us even further.

J.D. Lovrenciear

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