Kua Kiah Soong, Comment, Malaysiakini: 3 years after Ops Lalang – will Mahathir finally apologise?


Kua Kia Soong
Published 11:16 am

‘No time for love if they come in the morning

No time to show fear or for tears in the morning

No time for goodbyes, no time to ask why

And the wail of the children is the cry of the morning’

(Adapted by Anne Munro-Kua from Jack Warshaw)

COMMENT | “Anne and I will never forget the night of the 27th October 1987:

Truly, there was no time for love that evening as we were enveloped by an electrifying anticipation and apprehension. I tried to say a meaningful goodnight to six-year-old Hua Ying and two-year-old Bi Hua without saying goodbye. I only managed a tender goodnight to my little ones and my strong woman as we waited in the dark of the foreboding night. ‘Be brave’, we kept reassuring each other.

‘Who can sleep well on a night he thinks he is about to be arrested under the Internal Security Act for the first time?

‘We were alert to the sound of any approaching car. There were various false alarms. Finally, at around two o’clock in the morning of the 28th October, we were awakened by the sound of car doors slamming and activity outside. Anne took a look outside the window. ‘It’s them,’ she said. It was them. They started calling ‘Dr Soong’ and ‘Dr Kua’…” (Kua Kia Soong, ‘445 Days Under the ISA’).

We were not the main object of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s dastardly act. The suspension of the Supreme Court judges and removal of the Lord President to ensure the result of the Umno Team A/Team B case in the court was his purpose. 

Operation Lalang merely created the climate of fear that allowed this assault on the Malaysian Judiciary. Donald Trump cannot even do what Mahathir did in 1987!

In the twilight of his life and trying to rehabilitate his record of dictatorial rule from 1981 to 2003, will Mahathir finally show remorse and apologise for taking away the freedoms of more than a hundred innocent Malaysians simply for his political survival in 1987? 

Or will he persist in his ridiculous venture of trying to be prime minister for the third time as he nears 100 years of age?

KUA KIA SOONG is Suaram advisor.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.




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