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Thursday, July 15, 2004


O Mercy, Mercy Where art thou?

The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'T is mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616),
"The Merchant of Venice", Act 4 scene 1

Why is it so hard for the Government to find in itself the quality of mercy? Why do we have such a cold hearted MINIster of Health, a medical doctor at that. A doctor who can coldly utter :: that the problem was the consequence of Anwar's refusal to undergo operation to correct it locally in 2000. Anwar did not refuse treatment then but wanted, a decision any patient is allowed to make, to undergo an operation which is deem best for him and of his choice. A patient has the right to be treated by the doctor of his choice and in whom he has confidence. This is something, a patient should not be denied as long as he has been informed of all consequences, this too has been affirmed by Suhakam as the right of a patient. What has happened is that he has been denied treatment of his choice till today.

As the MRI recently showed and the MINIster agrees, Anwar has spinal canal stenosis which needs urgent treatment. Putting all other considerations aside, can he be shown simple mercy and be allowed to get the treatment of his choice before the condition worsen, being a medical doctor you are fully aware of possible further complications. What is the reason or reasons for denying him this. Is there no sense of mercy, kindness, friendship or decency left in our cabinet MINIsters, some of whom were cabinet collegues of Anwar, that they can allow to let Anwar further suffer. Has he committed such horrendous crimes that he must continue to suffer and be denied simple mercy and kindness? Reach into your hearts (or have all of you done just that already) and do the decent thing, simply as one human being would do for another.

Datuk Dr MINIster, remember this ::

"Cowards are cruel, but the brave
Love mercy, and delight to save."
John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Do not be afraid of showing mercy, do not be afraid of being humane, don't make the world sicker for you are the MINIster of Health ::

"Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don't believe in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why the world is sick."
Lin Yutang



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