Just a while ago I was having an exchange of sms with blogger Bakaq of Penarik Beca. I guess he must be bored stiff with the inability to blog since his desktop and modem is not where they are supposed to be. That's what we poor Malaysians do really, we communicate through sms because it is way cheaper than voice call.
Well for your information, Bakaq and I are cyber-friends. We have never seen each other and differ in certain things regarding politics and politicians but we do have one thing in common and that is a Fair and Just Malaysia to call home.
He described himself to me as like a junkie cut off of his normal supplies. He must be going cold turkey now. I know the feeling because there were times when yours truly was cut off from the Internet either because of bad bad bad connection or from being a bad bad bad subscriber who got his connections cut off for being a bad bad bad paymaster.
Well anyway Bakaq said that he is trying his level best to get himself connected to the wired world again but times are not that good and getting oneself a pc is not exactly like walking into TESCO and carting one out in trolley without going through the cashier, if you catch my drift.
I did offer to help in the little way that I could and maybe rally a few friends but, true to form, he refused asking me to allow him to try learning to walk without a cane. That's Bakaq for you.
He did did talk of his dream, "a new Malaysia for all and a reformed police force". Those were his exact words.
Now I am not exactly a magician who could dive into his heart and know exactly how he feels about the two things he mentioned above but through his writings I guess I know what he means.
We all know how critical he has been of the present government but then again aren't we all. Some chose to keep it to themselves but Bakaq would not. His dream of a new Malaysia I guess is a Malaysia with Islam as the basis to how this country is ruled.
Don't be cowed with the word Islam. Bakaq is not an extremist or a fundamentalist. He is as open-minded as they come but like any open minded person you have to have something to hold on to and being a Muslim, he holds to the teachings of his religion.
Is it wrong then when he is advocating justice, respect for the law and true humanity as the way a country should be governed? The bottom line is that what he aspires for is a Fair and Just Malaysia where every race has a place and deserves the respect that is due to them as citizens.
Yes, I know some may feel uncomfortable when he talks about being a Malay but the Malay he means is an unsullied one, a true to the core proud Malay in this country who practices fair play, compassion and who is tolerant.
As for his other dream, "a reformed police force", I am sure he speaks for us all. The only think is that he went overboard by the cut and paste episode to which he duly apologised, very much a Muslim who should admit that he had gone overboard.
I am not saying that those who display that spiced-up crest is wrong. I am only saying that upon contemplation, he realised that he has gone a little bit too far in his criticism of the police force which would suffice with mere words rather than the addition of the said crest.
His dream for a reformed police force is still strong and that he wouldn't give that up. We Malaysians too do feel that for the good of a rapidly developing 52 year old country, the police force should change with the times and be more people-centred in discharging its duties.