Let's suppose that the commission of inquiry investigating into the ear-squat case finds that the victim turns out to be a non-Chinese national, but in fact a Malaysian Malay. This is one possibility that has been suggested by some media reports. What then?
Will the people who were angry with the police for carrying out the ketuk-ketampi (as it is called in P Ramlee movies) on the 'Chinese' national be relieved? Is it okay then, because after all, what impact will this person of non-Chinese origin have on Malaysia's economic well-being (our tourism industry in particular).
To me, the issue of race has been blown over many folds. Why should race, or national origin, be an issue? The main issue is the dignity of the woman in question. The Chinese government was right in treating the case with some caution as it has not been proven whether the woman was its own national.
The Malaysian media was also to be blamed for taking part in outraging the modesty of the woman for repeatedly screening her video clip again and again.
We are a sick society although appearing to be concerned with the plight of the woman. Fortunately, the screening of the video clip by mainstream TV channels has ceased of late thanks to some concerned citizens who brought up the aberrant behaviour and urged that it be stopped immediately.
Let us hope the commission set up to look into this scandal will come out with their findings and recommendations as they have promised - no later than mid-January 2005.