Press freedom not only in Malaysia but in other countries around the world as well.
I subscribe to the principle that everybody has a right of say and reply, with, the key words being, responsibly and sensibly.
The same goes for the medium that chooses to publish what a person wishes to say.
It is not that I am a great admirer of Tun Mahathir or it is an obvious attack on the elder statesman but when a letter such as this one "Dr M, do keep your self respect intact" is published in Free Malaysia Today, you wonder whether there is any editorial intellect or capital in FMT to fall for an apparently skewed missive.
Letters, of this sort and these days, are a sen a dozen.
More so when it is contradictive and dishonest from the word go.
The writer would want to impress but fail to disguise a true detestation, lambasting in grandiloquent manner, and you know where the person is coming from and going to, by the very first confounding paragraph,
"I used to revere Dr Mahathir. I am, after all a product of his period and up till now, I respect him as an elderly man even though his misdeeds affected me and my compatriots adversely. My mother taught me to respect my elders"Yes indeed, "used to revere Dr Mahathir" and respect, despite and in spite of all the "misdeeds" as in the letter lies, pun intended.
And by the way, what's with this continued attraction and interest for Tun Mahathir, when he is already an "old" man, when he's "no longer" relevant?