Malaysiakini Letter

Anwar’s critical health should tear at our conscience

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LETTER | It is reported that Anwar Ibrahim is in CCU following treatment for his long suffering shoulder injury. Indeed, Malaysians have every reason to be concerned but the ailing health of an iconic leader of Malaysia and his long incarceration in prison should also tear at our conscience.

The thought that a rising potential who could have become a promising prime minister of the nation has to suffer imprisonment plus the people’s complete inability to make this man walk free again, truly bleeds the heart of every right-thinking citizen.

We lost a good fifteen years and are still suffering from the loss of not having a leader who could have led the nation to the next stage of a glorious Asian Tiger post-Mahathir.

We then had a second chance. We cannot hide the fact that Anwar Ibrahim was the most potent force that could have taken the opposition to the seat of power in Putrajaya.

Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership style and hallmark would have been most admirable apart from Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership track.

The truth is we have wiped out a leader, respected worldwide, by allowing Anwar to suffer behind the iron gates of prison life.

Yes, we allowed it by not being able to see freedom for him, try as many did.
We allowed it by not stepping forward to demand decisively for it.

We allowed it by not being able to make the decision-makers and power-controllers let justice rise above political interests and threats.

God forbid, but if we lose this man forever, Malaysia will mourn a tragic loss for a long, long time to come.

The painful truth is that not every nation can be blessed with the gift of a great leader all the time. And leaders like Anwar Ibrahim are few and far between, as history books testify, to raise humanity’s struggles and success to a triumphant glory.

Indeed, should anything most unfortunate happen to Anwar before his ultimate freedom in the months ahead, the guilt of sins of commission and omission shall be the yoke that will come to rest on our Malaysian conscience.

That loss cannot be repaid.

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