Some in cyberspace need glasses

Some in cyberspace need glasses

This is a tale of two elderly Malaysians, from two different backgrounds, using different platforms to express their concerns over issues they fear will, if not already, unravel the nation.

One is Tun Hanif Omar, former inspector-general of police, and an illustrious son the nation should be proud of.

He witnessed and participated in the evolution of the country, from the backwaters of an agrarian society to a newly industrialised country.

The other is Maznoor Hamid, a retired educationist, married to a Scotsman, very articulate and feisty, and writes regularly in her blog Anak Si Hamid.

She can't be deemed to be illustrious, in Hanif's league, but she would fit nicely into the "Melayu glokal" category -- a globalised Malay who had lived and worked abroad in several different countries across the globe and yet very firmly rooted to her Malayness and what it represents.

Hanif had, in his Dec 8 speech at a tea party for government retirees hosted by the Selangor Sultan in conjunction with the ruler's birthday, among others, said:

"By God, it is as if there is a grand design in place that can lead to the country's destruction, if not carefully managed."

In his speech, Hanif also said the alternative media has eroded the credibility of the traditional media.

These new media, he added, were also being used to "spread slander and lies without shame or fear of Allah".

Apart from that, Hanif also said: "There are also leaders who travel from one country to another to speak ill of their own country to gain international support. This is unlike in the United States or other Western nations, where political differences end at their shores and are not brought internationally, for the sake of national unity, pride and dignity."

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