appeal hearing resumes after yesterday’s bomb “un-scare”
Anwar Ibrahim appeal hearing resumed in the Kuala Lumpur Federal
Court after yesterday’s postponement due to a bomb scare that nobody
seemed scared of. (Yesterday's
only a handful of the members of the public were allowed in. To
ensure I would not be left standing outside, I arrived in front
of the court before sunrise only to find 44 people ahead of me.
They had arrived by bus all the way from Penang
at around .
Today is going
to be another disappointing day, I thought to myself. I doubt more
than ten would be allowed in. This would mean I would not get a
snowball’s chance in hell of getting a seat in the spectators’ gallery.
still had two hours to go, so I thought I might as well wait. You
never know, miracles do happen. And if they could convict Anwar
based on no evidence and contradicting statements of witnesses,
then the impossible can sometimes become possible.
“Do you know
they received a phone call at yesterday that there was a bomb in the
building,” said one of the members of the public.
I have to use
“members of the public” as no one wants to be quoted lest they be
cited for Sedition, as would happen to anyone who makes a statement
that could be regarded as “inciting hatred towards the government”.
“Is that so?”
“It was in
the newspapers this morning,” he replied.
I would, of
course, not know this as I do not read the local newspapers other
than opposition publications for very obvious reasons.
“If they knew
at there was a
bomb in the building, why did they allow all of us in at plus bring Anwar in as well. Wouldn’t that
have been risky if there really was a bomb? Unless, of course, they
knew all along there was no bomb.”
“And the funny
thing is,” volunteered another ‘member of the public’, “They only
evacuated those of us in the courtroom. There must have been hundreds
of other employees in the building, plus, maybe, another hundred
or so police personnel. Why were they not also evacuated?”
Hmm. This made
sense. I never thought of that. In fact, everyone was still walking
around the building and loitering in the hallways while we were
locked out of the building and not allowed in on the excuse they
were still looking for the bomb.
have been more sensible to seal the entire street, not just lock
the gates with everyone else inside and us outside the building?”
Hmm. This guy
sure has a point. I wonder how the government is going to respond
to this latest – I hate to use this word as I know it will rile
up the government – SANDIWARA (Malay for ‘stage show’, ‘play’ or