—for once, the government must defend its conduct to even the smallest of citizens.
For once, Malaysia is demanded to live up to its promises.
—for once, the people escape the iron grip of the executive branch (i.e., political parties).
For once, the judge is someone greater than a political Prime MInister.
—for once, judgements are public and final. No more backdoor "arrangements".
For once, evidence and its decisive truth are exposed to the world.
—for once, there is nowhere left for anyone to hide.
For once, every witness is summoned under critical eyes (not their colleagues) to claim their past deeds into record.
—for once, our lawyers and law are not called as weapons of the rich and powerful,
—but instead as guardians and warriors of the voiceless.
—for once, lawyers and law are not called to concentrate the resources of those already powerful,
—but instead to spread the wealth of justice to return wings of hope stolen from the defenseless.
—for once, lawyers and law are not called to legitimize the skirmishes of elites and their status,
—but instead to paint tapestries and murals of Malaysia's harshest and cruelest realities.
—for once, lawyers and law are not called to litigate "earnest debates" of legal minutiae,
—but to pierce veils of power, abuse, and self-interest that distort accountability to ensure limited-to-zero responsibility.
—for once, lawyers and law are not asked to jump for the highest bidder,
—but to stand their ground for the public, for the ordinary, for those yearning to breathe free, for people who've walked along the straight path.