It has been almost a week that I last posted an article in this blog. I just wanted a short break from writing, and to maintain a close watch at what is happening around the country today.
Of course, I have been following closely the events surrounding the Permatang Pauh by-elections since nomination day, and with only five days remaining for polling day i.e. 26 August,the news being reported via the mainstream media, is certainly not in Pakatan Rakyat's favour.
The beating of the two photographers during nomination day allegedly by PR supporters, and the swearing of Saiful, were hot news for several days continuously. And the latest report of corruption charges on two PR Perak state Exco members has placed PR Perak state government on the defensive, and it might well affect PR chances of winning big in the Permatang Pauh by-election.
Of the many issues raised by both parties during the campaigning, the swearing of Saiful on the Koran interest me most. The manner in which the swearing was done had come under various criticism and comments from many religious quarters. Even the former Indonesian President, Gus Dur has voiced his comments over the matter. As a Muslim, and having read the criticism/comments made, I am now not certain whether what Saiful did was correct or otherwise.
And having watched Saiful on TV, I begin to wonder how could this tall and physically strong 22 year old boy be sodomised by a 61 year old man called Anwar. I was 61 year old, 3 years ago, and I know I could not easily bring down a healthy and strong 22 year old boy like Saiful. I need to be equally strong and tall to do anything untoward, towards someone like Saiful. I could not imagine myself having to wrestle and fight to get the 22 year old boy to take off his pants, without him having to take a punch at my face. Don't tell me that Saiful is so weak a person as not having the strength to fight off Anwar's advances.
This makes to me think that what has been said of Anwar may not be true...and only God knows.