Everyone should be a liberal

Opinion  |  Fa Abdul
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COMMENT | A couple of years ago, I met a caricature artist in Central Market, Kuala Lumpur. While framing the artwork I ordered, he initiated a conversation.

“I also do portraits. All the portraits you see here are mine,” he said.

I looked around. There were portraits of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar Ibrahim and Najib Abdul Razak.

“You like drawing politicians, I see.”

He laughed. “You know lah, everyone talks about politics these days.”

“So who do you support? Mahathir, Anwar or Najib?” I asked.

The man glanced at me before hammering nails into the back of the frame.

“Are you a Muslim?” he then asked.

“Yes. I am.”

“Who do you support?” he asked again, returning the question back to me.

“I think at this point, it’s not about who to support, it’s more about who not to support,” I answered in all honesty.

“I agree with you,” he said. “There is more at stake than simply choosing sides to support.”

“Yes, there are a lot of issues and scandals in our country which need to be resolved if we wish to see progress,” I concurred.

He laughed. “Let me guess. You definitely do not support Najib.”

“I don’t. And you?”...

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