The response of Former Minister of Information and recipient of MPI Tokoh Wartawan Negara 2006 Tan Sri Zainuddin “Zam” Maidin to our story is why there is an idiom, “One can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.
It is clear he completely unable to comprehend what the story is about.
It is us not upto us to teach him comprehension, nor how to read. Especially at this point of time. However, probably it is wise for Zam to be reminded that his gutter tweet about the tragedy in Mahmoodiah is very hurtful.
In his gutter cyber lash against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, Zam should also be seen as insinuating against HRH Sultan Johor Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
It is because this happened “In the era of Najib”. Coincidentally, it is also the era after HRH Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim ascended as the Sultan Johor.
It is tragedy which Zam tried to lowly capitalise for the notion of sowing hate politics towards Prime Minister Najib. That is utter gutter politics unbecoming of him, a man of that stature, despite his attempts to explain it is not.
Instead of lashing against Datuk Rocky and us, Zam should take the opportunity to apologise to the parents and families of the teenagers involved in the tragedy. Not forgetting the tragedy of Sultan Aminah Hospital, which Zam also used to swipe in his gutter politics using cybersphere.
He should also unreservedly apologise to HRH Sultan Johor, who was very quick in demonstrating his compassion as a Ruler. HRH Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim is very saddened for both tragedies and shared the pain of his subjects.
Even though Zam is old and probably unable to learn new tricks, it is never to late to show him proper ethics and moral values. More over, a recipient of ‘Tokoh Wartawan Negara 2006’.
May Allah SWT open his heart and accept what he did was wrong and hurting a nation grieving for both tragedies, is worth all his effort to repent and beg for forgiveness.