It is a real pity to note that most of the comments which have been made in the alternative media seem to think that the decision made by Mohd Yusof Zainal Abideen the former solicitor-general II, to now act for Anwar Ibrahim, is is a calculated political move to embarrass the ruling regime which Yusof was part of, till his recent retirement after the conclusion of Anwar's Sodomy II episode.
Little have they realised that many from the AG's Chambers have left the service to go into private practice for various reasons.
Many of those who had stated that Yusof should not have taken up the call to join Anwar's defence team do not seem to know that even Shafee Abdullah who is now the most sought after attorney when it comes to Umno's matters and of corporate bigwigs on to the wrong side of the law, was once a deputy public prosecutor himself.
Even Sankara Nair who is Anwar's main defence attorney was once a former police officer who served the very same police force who now seem hard bent on putting Anwar away for good at the slightest chance.
Saying that a former high office holder in the civil service should not be allowed to sully the reputation of the high office that he or she once held by defending persons whom the rest of the world feel he should not, is totally unacceptable in today's day and age.
Even former judges need to do something after they retire, some are even appearing in court after retirement.
Whilst most are consultants at big law firms and directors with government linked companies, nothing stops them from donning the black coat and returning to the bar table in a court room if they so wish.
Many police officers who were prosecuting in the lower courts are today very successful defense attorneys in private practice.
In many instances they would have to defend the people whom they were at one time working hard to put away in the slammer for good but as private practitioners, they would have to see the other side now.
Similarly Yusof has that choice and he has exercised it.
The issue of there being a political agenda behind his move does not arise.
From the beginning the AG's Chambers has been in collusion with the forces that be to ensure that Anwar is stopped at his tracks or is delayed to the maximum because only he is capable of shaking the iron grip that Umno has on the entire civil service and the media.
After 14 weary years and a whole new generation of youths who have now grown up in the digital wave that has consumed the country, the players of the first grand design to oust Anwar whom at one point of time were eager to please their political masters so that they will not be missed out when it came to promotions and other perks, have now come to realise that they have been used by others to achieve their ends.
They have realized that it is no longer right to keep quiet after all this while as it will only add on to their karma list which they would have to be answerable before they breathe their last breath.
Some of those who have left the judicial and legal services choose to attend only to cases which will not ruffle the feathers of their former bosses but others who have had enough are now free to be a professional that they had always wanted but could not due to the fact that they were in the service where the superior's order had to be carried out no matter how silly it was.
Therefore as a professional and a member of the Bar now, Yusof has that choice, a right which no one can take away from him.
In similar fashion if he decides to defend PM Najib should such a circumstance and need arise, then he will be free to do so.
Therefore to say that there is a hidden agenda and a motive behind the move to defend Anwar right after prosecuting him on a sodomy charge, is just not right at all.
What must be noted here is that there is already a revolt starting in the police force, with former retired top cops like police commissioners Ramli Yusoff, and Mat Zain Ibrahim spilling the beans on their former superiors and the recent entry of former Federal CID Chief Fauzi Shaari into PAS, it will only show that the long battle to fight the highly corrupt and grossly irresponsible in the police force is slowly beginning to bear fruit.
Therefore it is not an issue of whether he should have accepted the invitation to join the defence team or not, it is more of the fact that time is running out fast for the schemers and planners who have all this while thought that the civil service will just keep quiet and watch whilst they set out their plans to scheme and destroy people.