This is my first blog post since my year end holiday break. I was interviewed by both our local media and the Australian radio network on the Anwar's case and acquittal. It was a pleasant surprise for all of us. I had expected him to be found guilty but released on bail pending an appeal.
However, I did maintain in my radio interview (an hour before the verdict) that Anwar should be acquitted if the case is purely judged on the content and reliability of evidence tendered by the complainant and the prosecution.
As a Malaysian, we should take cognizance of this sodomy saga as a lesson for the nation. I was asked if the ruling regime is set to restore its image as pro-reform with the acquittal. I said there are better ways to strengthen its reform agenda and credentials rather than doing it this way.
Anwar's sodomy trail II was marred with too many political conspiracy and interference from the start. The trial process was tainted by possible political manipulation and interference. The 'victim's' choice of action was too suspicious. If it was a matter of personal honour, the alleged victim would have gone straight to the police and not running to the Prime Minister!
I hope that the ruling regime, Barisan Nasional, has learned a painful lesson too for being too eager to cast a destruction on Anwar Ibrahim. It is obvious that the verdict did nothing to benefit the coalition. It is not overboard to say that Barisan's image has been further tarnished and soiled by Saiful, the complainant.
As a voter, I sincerely hope the two coalitions shall now focus their competition on pure policy issues and good governance. I know this is a tall order and a miracle if it happens. But miracle can happen and it was proven today at the Anwar's sodomy trial.
It is time for whoever aspire to govern and lead the country to focus on what they can do for the people and not washing dirty linen in the public.
However, I expect personal attacks to continue because there are still a number of cases which have not found any viable closure yet and they are as hot and lucid as this one.
God help Malaysians!