If the mysterious murders and enforced dissappearences of citizens are not solved, Malaysia will remain a nation without conviction, says JD Lovrenciear.
While we may chase after economic dreams and fight for political justice, we must not forget that the mysteries surrounding murders and enforced dissappearences will determine the real status of our nation.
To this day, we have been unable to close the Altantuya chapter with all questions satisfactorily answered.
Add to that the mystery surrounding the enforced dissappearences of Amri Che Mat, Raymond Koh and Joshua and Ruth Hilmy that Suhakam has unravelled without fear or favour.
Our politicians can preach as much as they want about constitutional rights. They can make a million promises to bring progress and development for all of us.
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But when there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the murdered soul of Altantuya, we are, in short, a failing democracy.
Likewise when citizens can dissappear and no one wants to find out or even own up as in the cases of the four enforced dissappearences, we cannot continue to pretend that we uphold the Constitution.
Bread-and-butter issues alone do not make good governance. Making promise after promise and putting up a great show in the fight against corruption cannot earn accolades of progressive praise.
The government of the day must solve the mystery murders and enforced dissappearences to gain the respect of the world.
As long as citizens do not regard this gruesome murder and the enforced dissappearences as an integral component of their demand for a better nation, we will remain as a nation without conviction.