It has been three years now….

It has been three years now….

Three years ago today, Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was attacked by obnoxious substance, believed to be gas as he stepped out of the protocol door of the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bahru, Kelantan and sat in a Mitsubishi Pajero. He was about to stick his head out of the SUV’s sunroof to impromptu address a welcoming crowd of at least 1,000 eager well wishers. Many are UMNO members and supporters. As the result of the attack,  he suffered breathing difficulty. So were almost 20 others who were in close proximity to the SUV.

He was yanked out of the ‘trapped’ SUV and driven away to recuperate at the Kota Bahru Rennaisance Hotel. In the time being, former UMNO Pasir Mas Division Head Dato’ Ibrahim Ali made a Police report at the Kota Bahru Police IPD.

The Kelantan Police CID was scrambled to investigate on the case. Later, some men were picked up for investigations. Former Kuala Krai UMNO leader Dato’ Nik Sapiea Nik Yusoff was later charged under Penal Code Sect 324 for intentionally causing the hurt to Tun Dr. Mahathir and three others. If convicted, Nik Sapeia could be jailed up to a maximum three years, fine and/or whipping.

The trial is on going. The last witness of the 40 called to testify for the prosecution gave his tesimony in Kelantan criminal court on 1 June 2008 and the accused was called to defend himself.

A lot of people want to see the case concluded. If the acused can be proven, then he should be punished. If there is ‘reasonable doubt’ to exonerate him, then he should allowed to walk as a free man. Regardless, the case needs a closure. As they say, “Justice delayed is justice denied”.

Published in: on July 28, 2009 at 13:52  Comments (13)