Having watched Al Jazeera on the ongoing trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who was caged-in on a stretcher, I begin to wonder if ever such a thing could happen in this country to anyone of our leaders. Mubarak is charged for premeditated murder for ordering the shooting of the protestors during the people’s revolution that evicted him from power, and for massive corruption throughout his years as Egypt’s President, that spans more than two decades.
No one had ever realized, including me, that the man who was once the Egyptian Air Force Commander that served with distinction during the October War against Israel in 1973, and was later appointed the Vice President of Egypt under President Anuar Sadat. Hosni Mubarak rose to become the fourth President of Egypt following the assassination of Anuar Sadat while witnessing an Armed Forces parade in 1981. Besides the above two charges, strangely enough, Hosni Mubarak is also being investigated for the assassination of Anuar Sadat that happened 30 years ago. Since it was a case of murder, I think there isn’t a time bar imposed upon such cases. So, the many murderers in our midst better beware, particularly those that had caused the death of many while the victims are being incarcerated in our prison cells. The Kugan case is one that I can still remember.
Having seen the pathetic and ailing state of a once powerful head of government and a strong ally of the most powerful nation in the world USA, Hosni Mubarak’s bed ridden figure strikes me to believe even more that no human being is powerful enough to decide and to control his or her fate. It is the will of the All Mighty that Hosni Mubarak has to fall and his fate now lies mercilessly in the hands of the Egyptian trial judges. Now, not even his once powerful ally could lend him a helping hand. Many of his loyalists had abandoned him, and some are on trial with him.
Hosni Mubarak’s downfall is unlike that of Saddam Hussein of Iraq. While it was the Egyptian people that caused the downfall of Mubarak, Saddam’s downfall was very much ‘US aided and sponsored’. In other words Mubarak deserves to be brought down more than Saddam, because the latter’s downfall wasn’t genuinely through a people’s revolution. Now, who then was the more hatred leader?
Coming back to what we see happening in this country presently, I cannot say for certain that this country is ripe for a people’s revolution. Although we know that corruption among the political elite and government officials are rife, but there are still the semblance of political, social and economic stability in this country. The people can still find food on their table. Jobs are aplenty. There is the sense of security prevailing throughout, and ‘cowboy like executions’ that I used to witnessed in Cambodia in the early 90’s is rarely heard off. I can say that our people are yet to be pushed to the wall.
But despite the above prevailing ‘feel good factor’, the government has to be watchful and constantly vigilant against the rise in abuses and the deprivation of the rights of individual by the ruling authorities. Draconian laws like the much debated ISA and the EO are examples to quote. The recently held Bersih 2.0 rally to demand free and fair elections can spark a more serious people’s backlash. And the growing support that Bersih had gain internationally cannot be ignored by the government. But despite all this, I think there is still the lackadaisical attitude among the ruling elite to treat seriously the causes that had sparked people’s discontent. They (the governing elites) think nothing will happen to them because they are secured in the arms of the law. But just look at what had happened to Mubarak? Was he not surrounded by his powerful security forces? The same goes for Saddam.
So let us all be mindful that if the people has awakened, nothing can stop them from meeting their demands; nothing at all. Not even the mighty security forces. And let us be reminded again that we should draw lessons from Mubarak and Saddam, although many would say that what happened in Egypt and Iraq is not likely to happen in this country.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION