It took YB Karpal Singh some 7 days to respond to En Shamsul Akmar’s article entitled “The taming of the Tiger of Jelutong”, which appeared on 9 January 2011, in HERE. On 06-01-2011 I posted an article entitled “YB Karpal Singh should offer himself to be a witness!”, in HERE, which was widely quoted in the mass media.
On 16-01-2011 NST published a letter from YB Karpal Singh, in HERE, where he took great pain in trying to justify what he had uttered in 1997 in Parliament and early 1998 in the DAP Ceramah in Federal Hotel that he had evidence in hand that the then Deputy Prime Minister, YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was involved in sodomy and his u-turn soon after YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sacked as DPM on 02-09-1998 and subsequently charged for sodomy.
Now YB Karpal Singh in his said letter to NST seemed to be relying heavily on what Tun Dr Mahathir, the then PM, had said on 23, 24, 25 August 1997, and Tan Sri Rahim Noor, the then IGP, on 03-09-1997 clearing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of the misdeeds. I do not want to touch on what YB Karpal Singh quoting about the late Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah, the then AG, as he was YB Karpal Singh’s university mate in the University of Singapore and also a good friend.
The pertinent question to be asked “Was YB Karpal Singh convinced by Tun Dr Mahathir and Tan Sri Rahim Noor’s statements then?”. The answer was an obvious “NO”! The following were the glaring facts to refresh YB Karpal Singh’s selective memory:
1. On 22-10-1997 Parliamentary session, YB Karpal Singh accused the then Deputy PM, YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was involved in sodomy.
2. Sometime in the early part of 1998, YB Karpal Singh proudly proclaimed in the DAP Ceramah in the Federal Hotel that he had evidence in his hand that the then Deputy PM was involved in sodomy.
These two glaring facts were enough to show that YB Karpal Singh, who is also a lawyer, must have fully studied and satisfied with the evidence he got from En Azizan Abu Bakar, Cik Umi Halfilda and others for him to pursue against YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and demanded that he was to be charged. YB Karpal Singh must also be reminded that from 22-10-1997 until recently (before the call by YB Datuk Zaharain Hashim, the MP for Bayan Baru, asking AG to subpoena YB Karpal Singh as a witness in the current sodomy trial) he had never uttered that he was in full agreement with Tun Dr Mahathir’s statements in August 1997 and Tan Sri Rahim Noor on 03-09-1997. Why now? I can only come to one conclusion that his sudden u-turn was consistent with his innate talent for politics of expediency.
Not only YB Karpal Singh was now in full agreement with Tun Dr Mahathir and Tan Sri Rahim Noor but also the majority Judgment of the Federal Court of 02-09-2004. If YB Karpal Singh was in full agreement with the said majority Judgment of the Federal Court, he must also be in full agreement with what YA Dat0′ Abdul Hamid bin Hj Mohamed had said in his Lordship’s Judgment :
To summarise our judgment, even though reading the appeal record, we find evidence to confirm that the appellants were involved in homosexual activities and we are more inclined to believe that the alleged incident at Tivoli Villa did happen, sometime, this court, as a court of law, may only convict the appellants if the prosecution has successfully proved the alleged offences as stated in the charges, beyond reasonable doubt, on admissible evidence and in accordance with established principles of law. We may be convinced in our minds of the guilt or innocence of the appellants but our decision must only be based on the evidence adduced and nothing else. (The emphasis is mine.)
Surely YB Karpal Singh was not relying on this adverse part of the said Judgment to justify his political u-turn. In fact, this part of the said Judgment was consistent with YB Karpal Singh’s political stance in 1997 and 1998 before he was dragged into YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s defend team that YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was involved in the acts of sodomy.
The self style Tiger of Jelutong should immediately stop prowling with the predominant purpose of misleading Malaysians with his politics of expediency. YB Karpal Singh’s letter to NST made my head spun further.
My advice to YB Karpal Singh is to stop coming up with the indefensible to justify his u-turn for the sake of political expediency. Stand by what you have said otherwise be known as a “Gutless Tiger of the past!