This is a scene from A Man for All Season which highlighted the importance of not passing judgement on a man who was yet to be found guilty by the laws.
It just occurred to me that in this country you can be condemned as guilty even if it's yet to be proven that you are guilty.
For example, the guy accused of stealing a handphone at the Low Yat Plaza.
He has yet to be taken to court, let alone convicted of the alleged crime, yet yesterday it was announced to the world by the authorities that he is guilty of stealing the handphone.
Not only that, the guy was also indirectly announced by the authorities as being a liar and an instigator of racial hatred too.
And I thought someone is innocent until proven guilty. What happened to that maxim?
It doesn't matter that the guy may later on indeed be proven guilty. The fact that the authorities had announced his guilt before he was judged is wrong.
It's the same with instances such as PM's wife DS Rosmah Mansor being deemed guilty of this and that before she is charged in court and convicted of such offenses.
The same with PM DS Najib Razak being condemned as guilty of stealing billions of ringgit via 1MDB.
Many of us seemed okay to condemn him even before the investigation of the allegation was concluded.
Similarly, there are those among us who seemed okay to condemn without proper evidence that former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is conspiring with foreign agents and even the "evil Jews" to bring down the current administration.
And we all seem okay with all these.
Really sad la the state of affairs in this country at the moment.