Our nation has had to endure two traumatic weeks. The murder count escalated dramatically in incidents all around the country, on land and sea, sparing no-one, not even the beloved Raymond Choo Kong who had brought so much laughter into our lives over the years.
The murder toll for the year has now crossed 300. Within the last fortnight those of us old enough also had to endure the searing memories of the attempted coup of July 27, 1990, a brutal assault on our Parliament, the seat of our democracy, which left 24 citizens dead, many more injured and traumatised, and millions of dollars in damage to property, mostly in the capital city.
These times require leadership which can give a crime-weary people some sense of hope. Fortunately, there were three welcome demonstrations of such leadership.