Tuesday, May 06, 2008

We Don't Need a Cromwell, Do We?

Of all the Civil Wars of nations in the world, the English Civil War is perhaps the least known, but the most relevant to us now, said a blogger to me while we were waiting for RPK's court case in Jalan Raja Duta, this morning. I argued otherwise for though I like Cromwell, Malaysia is still a democratic country. Or at the very least, even in name.

The argument led to nowhere for the guy is not even a Malaysian. We however, agreed to disagree and went our separate ways within the crowded reception hall of the Magistrate Court.

Not much for me to say as by now, almost all the news websites and relevant bloggers have written about the tragedy of RPK opting to go to jail rather than pay the bail. No matter which way you look at it, the whole thing was, is, and will always be looked as the day the circus came to town - some people felt happy about RPK's decision, some sad, yet some look up highly on his brave decision. I, stand in the middle - sad and angry.
Camera shy Shar (r) and a blogger I can't recognise (l)
- courtesy of Amin Iskandar.

Still, it was good seeing that many bloggers and Pakatan Rakyat leaders there to give RPK moral support. And Wak and I even managed to get Amin Iskandar @ Black for a short say on the camera. Just don't know whether webtv8 will put it up soon or light years from now.

By the way, the charge on RPK is sedition; does anyone really know what tantamount to it. or even what the word really means? I, for one, certainly do not have a clue, even after looking at Sam Harris video below. And if I am not mistaken, neither does the lawyer in Harris.

But looking at the video, does make my mind wonder about my blogger friend's argument earlier. No. We really do not need a Cromwell, do we?


Kata Tak Nak said...

No, we don't need Cromwell, we need sanity and virtue. If there is none then move over Cromwell, you aint seen nothing yet.

Snowflake said...


I feel for his frustration and respect for his conviction to stand by his belief.
I join you in wishing him well. For all it matters, in the long run, Allah works in mysterious way.


cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

Your second statement sound like the coming of Ivan The Terrible II! lol! Let's hope sanity and virtue will prevail, insyAllah.

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam snowflake,

InsyAllah, RPK will be vindicated in the same court that will try him.

mOEha Aziz said...

salam shah,

personally, i do think that we dont need any of western figure here... we used to be much better long before they were 'enlightened'... in fact, they were actually evolved to their' glorious moment' due to our scholar...

yet, we do need to come around now.. let us rush back to HIS warm embrace... let us secure back what was still missing...

Iqra'... :)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

he stood by his principle. thats something that should be praised.

and since i'm suck at history that i know nuts about Cromwell, i'm gonna stop now.

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Muha,

Bro, what my friend mentioned was in relevance to the issue - kiasan - of a historical event between the rakyat and the pemerintah, and nothing more than that.

cakapaje said...

Salam kerpie,

Yup! That's what RPK did! Now, if only we can do the same :)

mOEha Aziz said...

salam shah,

thanks 4 the info :)

which brings back to my point. we do not need any hero like cromwell.. who fought mostly for his own good.. tried to establish his own monarch in the name of the people (personal opinion)..

yet we are in a very grave need for Muhammad.. :)