Rafidah …is the Chili too hot?
SIAPA MAKAN CILI, PASTI RASA PEDAS..
SUDAH TERANG, MASIH PERLU BERSULUH..
YANG BENAR TETAP BENAR.
RIGHT IS ALWAYS RIGHT..
I read with mixed feelings of upset, disappointment, and a good dose of relief, on the various ” analysis ” and ” “comments” on what had been written by Tommy Thomas, in his Memoirs.
Memoir is defined as ” a historical account, or biography, based on personal knowledge”..
Basically, it’s what the person knows of, and views on, anything related in the person’s Memoirs.
Sometimes the SAME THING can be viewed very differently by different people.
As in ” what is Klepto to many, is Bossku to some”….
What’s against all Laws, and Faiths, as illegal, unlawful, and Haram, such as CORRUPTION, is ” nicely condoned and justified as” ok,” by some HERE in Malaysia.
DOUBLE and MULTIPLE STANDARDS, which goes against the grain, (which is as being Equitable and indicating Fair Governance ), is routinely applied in our Country.. eg For People in Government, they ONLY have to Quarentine for 3 DAYS, after crossing National Borders, while we, the ordinary Rakyat, have to undergo 14 DAYS Quarentine..and pay for the ” Hotel stay “.
People can mingle in Pasar Malam, and other places that are meant to ATTRACT CROWDS, and travel in buses, and Trains..yet only limited number in private vehicles, and to be in eating places such as Restaurants.
And I can go on and on.
AND the narrative is now being so widely debated amongst the Rakyat.
Now back to TOMMY’ S BOOK”
SO MUCH FLURRY, AND ” ACTION TO SUE” by some Parties..
Some may NOT have even read the Book!
BUT they somehow felt compelled, or ” motivated” to join the suing action group.
I don’t want to comment on the Legalese, as I am not a lawyer.
BUT, it is important to remember, that any PERSON who writes his or her personal Memoir, cannot be forced to view things from the readers’, analysts, or commentators’ viewpoints.
One cannot chastise, or ” shoot the Messenger”, because one does not like the message…maybe because it differs from one’s views or perceptions.
But IF the writer is conveying the message from his or her personal perspective, then we should respect that.
NO ONE is allowed to ” guide” ME as I write MY Memoirs..I KNOW what happened, what was said. Up to me to mention names or not.
That’s MY call. There is NO ” political correctness in putting pen to paper, to relate one’ s Memoirs.
In fact, I came across some REAL UNTRUTHS about ME, in my Official Ministerial capacity, in SOMEONE’S Autobiography . SO glaringly NOT True. BUT , I decided to let it go. As The Almighty KNOWS ALL. RIGHT IS ALWAYS RIGHT….AND I HAD BEEN WRONGED..IN PRINT. The person got it Totally wrong. Those who REALLY KNOW the facts can testify to the Truth.
I did not even point it out to the Writer..maybe someone else gave ” pointers ” on what to write. I could not care less, that I was so wronged.
SUFFICE THAT I WAS RIGHT !
In that context, I really question the rush to sue, make Police Reports, and WORSE of all, to BAN Tommy’s Book !
Is the Chilli too hot to take…Makan Cili rasa pedas ?
Are we turning into a Dictatorship?
Are we behaving like cooks in the hot kitchen, who cannot stand the heat?
Don’t those people huffing and puffing about Tommy’s Autobiography/ Memoirs, realize there are MANY who agree with Tommy’s observations on what HE knows about?
OR do we ONLY want to have Memoirs THAT EMBELLISH things, sweeten the sour, DENY the obvious, and simply take the SAFE line and go on the” play safe” track?
Historical events undeniably HAPPENED.
AND each of us will definitely have our own interpretation on each event..especially from the Political perspective.
BUT THAT IS NOT WRONG!
In fact, this Nation of ours is now in a STATE OF FLUX , and more often than not, CONFUSION reigns.
ANYONE writing his or her Memoirs, touching upon this DECADE of our Nation, will definitely HAVE MUCH to say, and comment upon, the various events that have plagued, and is STILL plaguing our Nation and people.
I personally am writing my Memoirs.
SURELY NO ONE IN HIS OR HER RIGHT MIND, EXPECTS ME TO SAY THAT ALL HAS BEEN OK.. AND FINE ..ALL HUNKY DORY..KUDOS TO EVERYONE IN SEATS OF POWER!
PLEASE , PLEASE ,THINK AGAIN!
Tommy has written his Memoirs. We may have different views.
BUT that does NOT give anyone the right to call for banning the book.
It’s a worrying trend when there is no room for dissent, and diversity of views.
Of course, we cannot condone seditious acts and libelous actions. (But then again, no one has taken real action on some misdeeds, and misinterpretation of facts, by some people..although the Social media has been viral on them.)
Double and Multiple standards again?
I am quite sure there are those within and outside of Malaysia, who find what has been,and is continuing to happen, in Malaysia , rather SCARY, and making them quite concerned!
So..let levelheadedness prevail. Please don’t behave like the proverbial CICAK KUDUNG..the house lizard that has somehow lost part of its tail..and twisting around n a directionless way.
We have already seen the Compass of Governance gone, and still going, awry..
Tommy’s Memoirs can add to the collection of diverse views, on some events of the past. And Facts cannot be denied.
Do read the Book.
There will be some eye-openers, and even new light being shed.
And do not be blinded by exposure of Truths, which may not be in line with our own personal perceptions.
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.