Perhaps the most glaring thing that has been exposed by the ear squat fiasco is how superficial and hypocritical Malaysians are. When it first appeared that the woman in the nude ear squat video was rumoured to be a Chinese national, we worried that our tourists arrivals from China were going to dwindle. So worried, in fact, that we were happy to see our home minister crawl and prostrate himself before the Chinese press and government.
However, once it was confirmed that the woman in the video was a local Malay woman, and one who was out on bail on a drug charge, many of the outraged among us have fallen silent (either in relief or in embarrassment, or both).
Why the double standards? Why should the nationality and race of the woman, and the nature of her alleged offence, change our minds about the abuse and humiliation she has been subject to?
With the sanction of the highest authority of this country, the law enforcement system of this country has wronged her and other detainees like her, and we must recognise that fact.
Many are also now blaming Teresa Kok and the DAP for stirring up trouble and damaging Malaysia's reputation, but I feel otherwise. I think we shamed ourselves by exposing our hypocrisy, and we will continue to smear Malaysia's name in the global arena if we don't improve our regard and respect for human rights.