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Published by lucifer-butler
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Published by: lucifer-butler on Dec 15, 2009
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Thank you Paul for bringing Gnanam’s plight to our attention. When one’s beloved Dad makes an untimely exist, due to, death in police custody, it behovesevery true Malaysian to sit up and take note.One of the ways to share in the life of this unfortunate young man, just 22 yearsold is to pretend that we are each one of us…a Gnanam.Fancy losing your Dad at the prime of your life…just when your dreams begin totake shape. Just when you start to seriously think that you want to show your Dadthat life is what he had wanted you to make of it…to shine at school exams,which you did, under the most difficult of circumstances…in a custodial home,far away from your own home,without the loving presence of, first of all ..Dad,then Mum, then your five siblings..You are somehow given the incentive to dowell and you did. Then you were icthing to tell your hero, your Dad that you hadsucceeded at the SPM exams in school..in fact you had done so well.You wanted to carry this news home…to give your Dad a special surprise andthen the rest of the family. But then, just when you were about to let him knowand have him think that he was so proud to have you as his son, your life isschattered with the news that your Dad has died, suddenly, in police custody.What would have been Gnanam’s re-actions as he thought of this devastating blow in his young life.Suddenly he is engulfed with the greatest of life’s sorrows, not just that,also thathis Dad’s life on earth had been cut short because of brutality or negligence fromanother human being or beings.Doesn’t this incident touch your heart…would you not like to see this young manGnanam who has suddenly stepped into the shoes of his father as breadwinner, become someone in life….finish his studies and do what he can to alliviate thesorrow and sufferings of his widowed mother? He has also to think about his fiveother siblings. How do they manage in their lives. He has no alternative but tohelp, he has to start somewhere in order to do so.He has to further his education and work at the same time…that will not give himenough time to study. He needs civil society’s help. In order to augment his ownsource of a meagre income, where he can only manage part-time employment because his foremost aim is to become someone in life through education, in order to be able perhaps to think about how he can redress the wrong done to his Dad.And to become ‘Dad’ to his family.

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