So much is being said and written about Anwar Ibrahim and his release from jail. That is fine. Something else has crossed my mind. Everyone has forgotten the lawyers who stood fervently behind him.
Remember when Anwar was arrested in 1998? At one time, there were reports that 100 lawyers would represent him. But as time went on, if my memory is correct, there were nine or ten lawyers who used to march into courts every time Anwar was taken to court.
And slowly but surely most of the lawyers quietly deserted his camp and made themselves invisible. I was told Anwar really could not afford to pay legal fees. He had no salary. He had to maintain his family all the same.
And finally, we could only see three lawyers who stood firm right till the very end. They are Christopher Fernando, Sankara Nair and Karpal Singh. What ever said and done, these three lawyers stood their ground till the very end.
Ever thought why 100 lawyers eagerly shouted out that they would help Anwar? They all thought there was money to be milked! But finally, when they found out there was no money to be made they vanished into thin air.
The true men like Nair, Fernando and Karpal stood their ground. Somebody told me they have not received a cent as legal fees (this information may be incorrect) but they do not mind as they were only concerned about justice and fair play.
I must say that they are a rare breed and are certainly a blessed lot. I doubt we will see such special people - maybe perhaps one in 10,000 qualified lawyers. I hope the people and the government will recognise these people as wonderful human beings and perhaps excellent Malaysians.