Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim will go on a 'road tour' to every part of the country next week to claim his innocence, and come January 9, 2012, the Kuala Lumpur High Court will pass a verdict that will either see him go back to jail or getting acquitted of sodomy.
I am going to write about his fate but if its fated that he goes behind bars for the second time, he and his followers must recognise the fact that our judiciary system is not bias as alleged by the Opposition, their NGOs and foreign advocates.
Unfortunately, they will only trust the judiciary if Anwar gets his acquittal (I hope he is innocent) but otherwise, the government and the courts will be deemed as a rotten system that form a cahoot to politically murder him.
They will accuse the judiciary of corruption and that those appointed are just a bunch of 'yes man' to Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Barisan Nasional government.
They will also forget the fact that Khir Toyo, who was found guilty of graft last week is also an Umno leader, and so are other pro-BN VIPs penalised by the court for their crimes. And at this moment, two Datuks are being reprimanded for their alleged corruption case - one for the NFL and the other for IRDA.
Worse still, Anwar's supporters have vowed to stage street demonstrations nationwide should the court finds him guilty.
Maybe they have forgotten the fact that the proceedings or decision of any case relating to the laws of the country cannot be amended or denied by demonstrations.
Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Dr Rais Yatim said yesterday apart from considering their responsibility to the community, those who wished to demonstrate should be aware that their action would not influence or strike fear on the judiciary in making its decision.
"Demonstrations cannot change the flow or channels of the legal process of the country and if that is what they demand, it would destroy our nationhood," he said.
Rais is right. What the Opposition planned is really beyond comprehension. Will street demo and road tour justify Anwar's innocence? And what is the guarantee that they will introduce a 'better judiciary' should they are able to take over Putrajaya after the next general election?
If our judiciary is being mocked as providing shelters to government's wrongdoers and find fault in the Opposition - as a bad political strategy to hinder their advance - then what is the assurance that they will not be accused of practicing the same mode of legal system once they are in power?
They are the ones who said 'Khir deserves' the one year jail sentence. Some of the Opposition leaders also lauded the judiciary as being fair in passing the verdict. But why must the subscribe to double standard when it concerns Anwar?
No court will pass put judgement without tangible evidence, witnesses' account and other supporting documents. It is actually not an easy task for any judge to send the accused to jail. It all depends on the strength of prosecution and defense tools. There had been cases where murderers, drug dealers, rapists and others were acquitted because of loosed prosecuting presentation but the cases were then reopened.
However, if the judiciary is deemed as being bias, many 'real cases' involving government legislators and senior officers could have been covered. But they were found guilty.
If Anwar is not a politician, had Teoh Beng Hock was just an ordinary layman and not connected to the Opposition leader and Khir is a nobody, will the public care enough? Should the court sends someone to jail for the crime he never commit, will they fight for him? I don't think so.
This is all about politics, about the Opposition and about their pride to the eyes of international freedom propagators. And the planned street demonstration will not only undermine the judiciary but to throw the whole country into chaos.
What is the gain when we take to the street to avow out distrust toward the judiciary? And where is the just in our action if (God knows) all evidence and witnesses are pointing to Anwar's guilt?