If it were not for the fact that I am loathe to censor comments save for the use of colourful or racist language, I would have deleted most of the comments as it was so painful to read how one man who, in my estimation, has done so much for so many of us at great cost to himself and his family, is today alluded to with so much hate and venom.
Unlike most of you, I have had the honour of living at RPK and Marina’s home in Manchester.
A narrow link house.
If I stretched my arms out as I walked through the corridor, I would damage the knuckles on both clenched fists.
It pales in comparison to their bungalow or semi-d in Sungai Buloh.
I spent a week with them in Manchester.
I observed a simple, frugal lifestyle.
Winter was about to kick in then. And I was already missing my sunny homeland. What about them?
Many of you may already have forgotten why RPK and Marina are now in exile.
I’ve linked 3 posts below.
The first and the second I wrote in 2008, whilst RPK was detained in Kamunting.
The last, before he and Marina took flight to go into exile.
Please read them all. Read the comments too. Who knows, you might just be reading now what you wrote then.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too : W. Somerset Maugham
Many of you appear to be of the view that RPK has betrayed us, and has sold out.
I think you premise this on his interview with TV3 last March and his latest interview with NST and Utusan.
I do not share this view.
Mine is premised on the man and Marina that I believe I have come to know.
We cannot both be right.
Let us all hope and pray that the error is yours and not mine.
You have my word, though, that should I discover the error to be mine, I will not hesitate to disclose all that I know to you.
Meanwhile, this divergence of view aside, we are all committed to see the end of UMNO and BN’s reign of tyranny and rape and plunder.
Let not this difference of opinion distract us from the work before us.
In my last post I had said that by God’s will, we will, together, plant love, tenderness and respect in this land of ours.
To those of you who believe that this man who once served us all so selflessly has, for whatever reason, left us, I urge you to let the process of planting love, tenderness and respect begin now.
If you truly believe this, rather than hate, pray that God returns RPK to our course.
Whilst I do not advocate this, if you must hate, save it for all that UMNO and BN do.
For me, I will pray that I will never ever have to say sorry to you for being wrong. You might want to add this in your prayers, too.