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.