Malaysiakini Letter

The story of CanLand

Tan Zhong Yan  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Once upon a time, in a remote village in a country far, far away called CanLand, there was a man named Namah. Namah was the village headman of CanLand. One day, some villagers accused Namah of stealing the village’s fund. All the villagers were very, very angry and they confronted Namah. They asked Namah whether he had really stolen the money.

“I have never used the village’s fund for my own personal use,” said Namah.

“But did you take it?!” a villager shouted angrily.

“Let me repeat. I have never used the village’s fund for my own personal use” replied Namah.

All the villagers were not satisfied with Namah’s answer and they went to lodge a police report. Watterson, a villager, even provided the police some documents which he claimed to be the account records of the village’s fund as proof to substantiate his claim that Namah stole the money.

Two days later, after not hearing back from the police, some villagers went to see Kot, Chief of Police of CanLand, to demand an explanation.

Kot said, “Don’t worry. We have started our investigation. We are now investigating Watterson on how he got the account records. We might charge him with an offence under SecretSecret Act 1815 for having such documents which might threaten the peace and security of our village. And also, we have already arrested three persons in relation to this issue.”

A villager then asked curiously, “Who are these three persons? Is Namah one of them?”

“No, we cannot reveal any information on this as this is also an offence under SecretSecret Act 1815 but we can confirm that Namah is not one of them,” said Kot.

“Like that also can ah?” a villager asked furiously.

“Yes we can!” Kot replied.

All characters and events in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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