Last month when Wak and I covered a story which I partially wrote here, I sensed that there was a bigger picture to it, one that an amateur reporter like that cakapaje fella would not be able to unearth. Not accredited and unschooled in the fine arts of journalism may be the least of my worries for a story as big as I had sensed; its the dangers behind it which I am not ready for. Maybe I am a coward, but do permit me to explain.
When Wak and I were shown the extent of works being carried to siphon off sand from the Klang River and its banks, the first thing that crossed my mind was the ringgit sign - this is a huge operation involving multi million ringgit! We do not know who is behind the whole show, but there is no way an operation of this size could escape the notice of the local and state authorities. I am not saying there's corruption involved, but when one starts to look at it from different angles, the signs does seem to point in that direction. Realising that we - webtv8 - would be unable to do much here, we called in an alternative media to probe into the matter.
Harakah sent 2 of their reporters and we accompanied them to the scene. With the details taken, we later left Harakah to their own investigations, for we realise that the road ahead twist and turns many directions before it leads to Rome.
Earlier this morning when I went to the shops, I saw a headline in a tabloid on a matter relating to our story - 'Land fraud' - Selangor govt probes multi-million ringgit cheating case, The Star wrote! Skimming through the report, I have no doubt at all the story Wak and I were covering, was but a minuscule of the whole picture. And indeed if it is, the mastermind of the entire operation would go extra length to stop the exposure. And as history has shown in cases not entirely dissimilar, there have been brute force used resulting in deaths of one or two individuals. Foremost in my mind was the BMF Scandal which saw an investigating officer found murdered in a sugarcane plantation in Hong Kong New Territory some many years back. Allahyarham Ahmad Nordin, was his name, and a name that I still carry in my heart though I know him not. But I believe him to be a brave man who was killed in his line of duty, and his murder case has not been solved even till now.
Yes, I admit I am a coward. But if I were to be killed, then let it be when I have been able to uncover a large portion of the story I was covering. Let my death then have a meaning where the traitors of the people and this nation are exposed and their treachery stopped! Still, I am a Muslim and as a Muslim I must remember that I am subjected to His will and His will alone. Which in the end means I am a coward. I pray Allah s.w.t. will give me the strength to do what I should.