I'm moved by a letter from one of your readers suggesting there be a vigil for the victims of the September 98 atrocities. There can be no better way to fight injustice than to educate people. The proposed vigil will do just the same.
If we forget these victims how else are we going to hold accountable those who committed such gross violations of human rights? I consider myself privileged that a number of friends from all over the world mounted a very effective campaign that ensured my safety and ultimate freedom. Their succouring won international praise.
But the less fortunate ones like S Nallakrupan, Sukma Darmawan Sasmitaat Madja and others seem to have fallen victims to media cover-ups. In this struggle for justice are the scales of Themis tilted?
In his media appearances, Anwar has said that he has forgiven his nemesis. This reminds me of lines from John Dryden's famous play, 'The conquest of Granada': 'Forgiveness to the injured does belong; but they ne'er pardon, who have done the wrong'.
More so when the issue of administration of justice is raised and the inevitable accountability comes into play. Moreover, Anwar's statements make little or no mention of other sufferers in his name.
Lest this be taken as a blanket pardon, I want to categorically state that I will neither forgive nor forget my tormentors. The vigil will go on till justice is dispensed to all.