What an exciting morning I’ve had today – I was almost sent to the Pengkalan Chepa Prison to be remanded until Feb 11! And this is not a joke.
Yes, I’m seeing things in a different light now – and having a few laughs about it in fact. However, it wasn’t so at around 9.30 AM this morning – in fact my heart was thumping! Well, who wouldn’t when he has just been ARRESTED, and would have been sent to remand had he not been bailed out.
And remand in Kelantan means that dreaded prison… (Click for an account of my three-month experience there in 2005) Just picture this: Some officers would certainly have known about that piece, which had painted that prison in a not-so-flattering way. They’d certainly have wondered who the writer is…
And there might have been some inmate, keen to `bodek’ the officers for some favours, might have helpfully mentioned this: “Oh, I remember there was one guy who seemed to know English…And he was sent to Gambang. I think they called him Cxxgx, from Pasir Mas… thin guy, gaunt face, wears spectacles…”
Okay, how did I get into this mess today? It’s like this: I had failed to attend a hearing at the Syariah Court last Dec 31.
“What was the case about, Mat Cendana? Say, were you caught in a `Khalwat’ situation with some `janda’? Must be-lah Heheh!” [NOTE: I consider it’s “Mat Cendana” of Cendana Blues writing this post; and NOT the “Cendana287” who had written the other posts at this particular blog]
Well, what the case was is not too important – those who know, know; and I’m okay with that. In fact, two people here know “almost 100%” of it and more. BUT I won’t delve into it here; either to defend myself or whatever. Anyway, the issue here is – it was the second time in four previous hearings that I had failed to attend… AND without “good excuse” this time.
The first time (end of Ramadhan, I think); I had phoned the court a few minutes before it started to inform that I “was sick”. But I didn’t go out to get a medical certificate, even though my father had advised me to when I told him about it. Well, nothing happened after that; although I must have created a bad impression on the judge. But I did attend the following one; and nothing was mentioned about my non-appearance before that, Phew!
I can’t really explain why I didn’t attend the one on Dec 31. It’s natural that some might suspect me as “of having a bad attitude”. Maybe. But I don’t think so, honestly. In fact, at least four people here can verify that I had made serious preparations for the appearance. And one of them is a lawyer (No, it’s not Elviza Michele of Write Away this time).
But I didn’t go… And this was the key ingredient to the “Cause and Effect Principle” of this morning.
I was already prepared with everything that morning. But “it felt heavy” (don’t ask, because I can’t explain). At 7.45 AM, I made a decision – I didn’t want to go. Had contacted my “top advisor/critic” (yes, it’s her) about it – someone genuinely sympathetic to me and my causes.
Anyway, I had waited for the court to send a “warning letter” and also to fix the next date. I didn’t receive one – I only knew about it when `someone’ came over to inform me about it less than 10 minutes after I had sent in the previous “Stargazer” post. I was fuming – at such short notice! It was “sabotage”! But then, what can I say about my own previous action of not attending?
Well, it was a call to “my top advisor” yet again. This is getting predictable, I know… And/But it also shows my very high level of “trust” for her and Mie. Plus, a check-and-balance “with level-headed and reasonable people” – something I have never had previously (and making a lot more bad decisions then). And I’m grateful to God for having people who care enough to help me weigh and evaluate things. Sherry was down with heavy flu (I felt real bad about troubling her today; I really do)
She confirmed and strengthened what I had intended to do: Go to the court despite the very short notice (8.30 AM to report) – Less than 45 minutes to get ready; plus the waiting for public transport to town about 5 miles away. Fortunately, a pirate van operator passed along, and I wasn’t too late by arriving at 8.40 AM.
**TO BE CONTINUED. Part 2 – The Trial (Incidentally, a song by Pink Floyd from “The Wall”) Oh, don’t worry about the “Continued” – it’s “immediately” (Which also means “If nothing interrupts – like cari makan work”). Mohd Zawi intends to blog too, and I’m sending in this one first so he won’t be too delayed. I hope it’s fair and reasonable for the loyal readers here.
***UPDATE: Mohd Zawi has provided a hilarious account of it at one of his blogs, LAISI, in the I Thought It Would Be An Uneventful Today post.