RIP: Abdul Razak Ahmad August 12, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, History, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations, RIP, Southeast Asia.
“Young members of the Bar may not know of the struggles that Razak Ahmad has been through, fighting for what he believes in.
There are a number of things that I respect about Razak. Years ago, he could have easily joined the ruling party, and become a Minister at least. There were, I believe, more than a few opportunities in which he could have crossed over to the “winning side”.
He chose not to. He clung on to his convictions.
I once asked him whether it had occurred to him to try to make changes from within the system. He replied that, under our system, that would not be possible.
What would probably happen is that one then becomes part of the system that creates the problems; and he does not want to become that.
It is easy to proclaim to hold on to principles. It is difficult to continuously do so knowing full well what one is giving up.
Razak passed the test, many times over.”
(Yeo Yang Poh, former President of the Malaysian Bar, 25 June 2007)