I rested for a day, Thursday 17th, hoping not to indulge in discussions with friends concerning issues affecting the country, and I even refused to read the blogs and watch the TV. And Thursday too wasn't a pleasant day for me either, because the night before, I was informed of the demise of Dato Salleh Mat Som, the former PDRM's Director of Criminal Investigation Division, after a long illness. He was indeed a dear friend.
My wife and I attended the funeral of Dato Salleh Thursday morning at the Muslim Cemetery at Mount Kiara, and that gave me the wonderful opportunity of meeting some old police friends whom I have not met since their retirement, besides meeting the family members of the decease. I also met a number of my friends from the Armed Forces, and of all places...at the cemetery.
I recall being told by someone that there are three occasions where one get to meet old friends. First, at a wedding. Second, at a funeral, and thirdly at the IJN. And this proves to be true.
The news around the mainstream media today is still centered around Anwar and RPK. I am told by a friend who called last night to say that some countries are closely monitoring the development of the Anwar case. He feared that there will a diplomatic backlash against our country that can adversely affect us. The country is already shaken by this political and economic uncertainties, and a backlash in whatever form by other countries toward us, can be devastating.
I don't really care about what is being reported on the Anwar and RPK case now, for there is already too much written about it. But all will agree that there is a growing public sympathy for both Anwar and RPK, that should concern the government.The experience of 1998 which led to the imprisonment of Anwar is still fresh, and now what seemed a 'replay' of a similar event, may yet be the final blow for the BN government. I say this in all honesty, because this is the common view and sentiment of the ordinary people whom I talk to regularly, who are still struck by the recent oil price hike.
My advice to our leaders in government today, if I am qualified to do so, is to now concentrate your effort in stabilising the economy, improve public security, come down hard on corruption, and for goodness sake, get out of your cocoon and start talking to the people.