Karpal Singh pointed out today during the Sodomy II trial that a standard form filled by a Hospital Kuala Lumpur doctor only mentions ‘attempted sodomy’ and ‘attempted oral sex’.
I had to burst our laughing when I read this reader’s comment about a Malaysiakini report ‘Sodomy II: Dent in prosecution case’ on this latest development by someone going by the name of Keturunan Malaysia:
MALAYSIAKINI, please don’t leave it to me to come out with the headline. I sure won’t pick yours: “Sodomy II: Dent in prosecution case”. Mine will go something like this: “Sodomy II: Hole in prosecution case…
Actually, I have almost given up following this long and winding case, which is getting even more and more bizarre. I am sure it makes for ‘entertaining’ reading in the foreign press (just as the Valentine’s Day moral policing must have raised not a few foreign eyebrows – the news appeared on the BBC and Huffington Post websites, among others – and undermined whatever tourism promotion the government has carried out).
Somehow, I can’t get away from this image stuck in my mind of learned judges, prosecutors, lawyers – all dressed up in their formal robes and courtroom suits – with the help of doctors, solemnly arguing about and debating the finer points of sodomy (and now oral sex) for days, weeks, months, years on end, while ‘probing’ and posing ‘penetrating’ questions to witnesses.
In fact, we have been through all this before, a dozen years ago. Deja vu.
And all the time the country is facing serious economic challenges that are crying out for attention. What will future generations think of us when they read the history of these times?