So a petition was raised on the US White House website calling for President Barack Obama’s attention to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s rejected appeal on his sodomy conviction and his five-year jail sentence.
Then there was another petition raised on the same website calling for the US government to respect the sovereignty of Malaysia and its people and not interfere in internal affairs.
And as expected, there are supporters of both petitions. As for me, I think I’m a little torn between the two because both petitions have their merits or justifications.
If a gross injustice happens, calling for international attention and condemnation is one way to pressure those in charge to actually do something to address it.
That is the reason the international press wields so much influence. They highlight issues of concern so that people will pay attention and take appropriate action.
But I also believe that what has happened in our country is something that needs to be addressed by our own people without the interference of others. We can keep our own house in order.
So it is funny to see how the US government has been trying to handle the situation with our little country Malaysia as delicately as they can.
In a recent commentary in the Washington Post, staff columnist Al Kamen awarded US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki with the “on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand” award. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]