My friends and friends who know me through my blogging, are puzzled. Why do I appear supportive of KJ? I have to make it clear, I do not know the man. have met him but the meeting was of no consequence- just passing each other by during official program and exchanged pleasantries as is customary.
I have explained my stand briefly previously. Basically it arises from my belief in fair play. When 10 people come to pulverize one fellow, fair play demands anyone to step in, to even things up. Whether that intercession helps the poor fellow, is not certain. In the case of KJ for example, the people queuing up to bash him are powerful bloggers. Therefore in terms of a numbers game, KJ seems a goner. Thus, no amount of stout defence or support from my part, are consequential.
Secondly, anyone is obliged to step in when ordinary objection towards another degenerate into vituperative and noxious loathing. When that happens, objectivity is thrown out of the window.
An example of objectivity being butchered is revealed just recently in the IJN issue. All sense of objectivity is thrown out whenever KJ is sighted. Wow- that’s deep I say. The poor fellow may have gone there for reasons of his own but his mere presence was enough to hatch a conspiracy theory. For the record, I myself have written against the sale of IJN to Sime Darby and was to have posted a second part of my article. But since the government has shelved the idea, the second part would be academic.
But to judge KJ guilty by association or in this case, by coincidental presence, that to my mind, is too much. Our loathing for him has reached probably a stage where everything he says and does, are automatically dismissed as untruth and sham. Nothing he does nowadays are seen to have merits. Whatever he does to defend himself and even attempts by him to recast his image, are seen as duplicitous trickery.
I think his most recent response on the IJN issue deserves our re-look at his persona. Says he:-
As a public figure, I always understand that such speculative reporting is unavoidable, but the nature and scale of the accusations thrown at me suggest that certain individuals have a personal vendetta against me, and no amount of explanation on my part can halt this absurdity. I am neither expecting sympathy nor suggesting that I am flawless, only exposing the hypocrisy of these individuals who, in attempting to destroy my integrity shred every inch of what's left of theirs.
Or maybe, perhaps, I am a sucker for believing the goodness in another human being. So I ask, is KJ, Shrek the ogre?