New Straits Times - - News - The writer is NST deputy sports ed­i­tor. Chan sees life dif­fer­ently af­ter wak­ing up from a coma fol­low­ing a car ac­ci­dent in Van­cou­ver.

Tom Clancy, the au­thor of

who is also an ex­pert in mil­i­tary hard­ware, famed es­pi­onage nov­el­ist John le Carré and ac­claimed thriller writer Fred­er­ick Forsyth would be held spell­bound by all these episodes.

We usu­ally say coun­tries which suf­fer nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, like ear thquakes, or man-made tragedies, like wars, are the un­luck­i­est.

But, what hap­pened to Malaysia was mis­for­tune of an­other kind, sheer bad luck, which no other coun­try has ever ex­pe­ri­enced.

Meta­phys­i­cal cause and ef­fect aside, we keep won­der­ing and we keep ask­ing ques­tions with no an­swers forth­com­ing.

Some of us re­signedly link it to the irony of fate. Fate, in its wicked way, had the al­leged killer wear­ing a T-shirt with the LOL (laugh out loud) acro­nym em­bla­zoned on her T-shirt when Jong­nam was at­tacked. Inevitably, the “Laugh­ing As­sas­sin” head­lines fol­lowed.

And, fate had it that Malaysia’s foot­ball team was drawn to play North Korea in the Asian Cup in Py­ongyang not long af­ter Jong­nam’s mur­der. Un­der­stand­ably, the match in the North Korean cap­i­tal on March 28 was called off.

It is rare that Malaysia meets North Korea in a foot­ball match. But, some cyn­i­cal fans felt that the na­tional team might as well not go to Py­ongyang be­cause there was “no chance of win­ning”. The last time Malaysia played North Korea, in an Asian Cup match in Bangkok 16 years ago, Malaysia lost 4-1.

It is fath­omable that the two al­leged femmes fa­tales charged with Jong-nam’s mur­der were re­cruited from Viet­nam and In­done­sia when Malaysia, a land of peace and pros­per­ity, has been a mag­net for for­eign work­ers and eco­nomic mi­grants. That in­cludes sev­eral hun­dred Kore­ans from the Her­mit King­dom.

In a sense, Malaysia has found it­self a “hap­pen­ing place” for world news. But for now we just want some peace and quiet. No news is good news for Malaysians, re­ally.

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