Sunday, September 14, 2008

Candle Light Vigil for ISA Detainees

It came at about 3pm, the call. Nat Tan had spoken to Rocky and asked that we avail Blog House for a candle light vigil for our friends detained under the ISA.
Since the Anti ISA forum at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam some moths back, I had become disillusioned with public response. Checking my email, I noticed that Nat had sent the information about the candle light vigil to no more than 7 recipients.

I got to blog house at around 7 pm, and was met there by Zorro.
Not long after, the crowd trickled in. As it was an impromptu event, Nat opened the evening's proceedings with a short speech. He then introduced Zorro (Bernard Khoo) who conveyed Marina's regrets for not making the vigil as she had to meet her lawyers. Typical of him, he got the crowd going, before introducing Dato' Ambiga.

Dato Ambiga, Bar Council President gave a few words

Dato Ambiga touched on the need for Malaysia to conform to the United Nations Charter on Human Rights. Citing the need to protect its citizens from 'a most reprehensible piece of legislation', that Malaysians do not deserve to be treated in this unhumane way. Dato Ambiga reminded those present that there are some 65 people that are still held under this act. She also announced that the BAR Council will be calling an EGM come Saturday. Reminding everyone that we need to keep in mind and speak up for those who can't, she also touched on the need for the media to continue to critically report news as it is, and for the citizenry to continue to stand up for their rights. She ended in asking where the detainees are kept, the process of interrogation and the continuing silence and denial of legal rights to RPK and YB Theresa Kok. Commending the action of YB Dato Zaid Ibrahim who threatened to leave his Ministerial post should the government continue to use the ISA, she finished by informing all her intention to write to the deputy Inspector General of Police.
Zorro, then provided information that a similar group had gathered in Penang for another candle light vigil. 600 people or so were gathered there.
Madeline from Bersih was then asked to give her views. She had known and worked with Theresa Kok for more than 7 years. She tried but she could not say anymore, overwhelmed by emotions. She was also one of the few who had spoken to YB Teresa Kok just before she was taken away by the Police.
Madeline Chang from Bersih
Feisal Mustaffa then shared his experience both with Raja Petra and YB Teresa Kok through the years. He also cited his experience with the Seputeh constituency, and reiterated his stance on the ISA being a piece of legislature that continues to violate human rights. Feisal also questioned the use of the act against Tan Hoon Cheng who was released after 24 hours.

Feisal Mustaffa
YB Sivarasa then took over and provided first hand information on his experience during Operation lalang. He was of the opine that the days of ISA will come to an end soon. With the impending takeover of the PKR led Pakatan, YB Sivarasa feels that the Government is acting out of desperation. He took the opportunity to remind those present that these arresst was intended to intimidate those who write, be it for blogs, or any other media. As such, he felt that there is a need for the public to respond by informing the government that we shall not be intimidated. He asked that a forum be held to bring together the media. Before ending, he asked those around to spread the information of the mammoth gathering at the Kelana Jaya stadium on the 15th of September.
YB Sivarasa

Richard Yeoh
Richard Yeoh then informed all that the Legal Team for Teresa will be filing a Habeas Corpus writ at the High court accompanied by YS Teresa's parents and also YB Lim Guan Eng.
He also asked for the resignation of the Dato Syed Hamid Albar, given the nonsensical statements he had recently made, which included arrest of Tan as a safety aspect!

YB Wee Choo Keong
The evening's proceeding closed with a short giving by YB Wee Choo Keong who thought that these actions arise from the weak leadership and concluded by reminding the need for those who protested the arrest to not resort to the streets, and continue to protest peacefully and through written petitions.
A short while later, members of All Blogs (Zorro, Anuradha and this writer) committee present were introduced to the attendees, as well as bloggers present, including Shanghai Fish, Ancient Mariner, Fisherman's Wharf.
It was also pleasant to note that those present also shared their views and took to the mic voluntarily (thanks to Quenie and friends).
A small collection from some contributors was also collected in aid of Blog House (RM445)
Although Rocky could not make it, he was in agreement with YB Sivarasa on the need to have a forum soon enough to bring together the media.

For the security of those present, The Royal Malaysian Poilce provided 3 patrol cars and 3 unmarked cars manned by 12 personnel! 6 in uniform, and 6 others including the famed SB Camera Unit!


delcapo said...

good piece on the faithful nite, bro...

just posted my summary of tots on 916….
i know 916 is not meant to be THE whole deal… & DSAI has made sense in wanting a peaceful transition….

but I cannot help but feel disappontment in the lack of progress…. for i doubt AABzzz & BN will give way at all…

I wish they will JUST DO IT!!! & free the suffering RPK, Teresa, Hindraf 5 & the rest…

delCapo still burn candles 2nite…….


MY New Dawn said...

Thursday, October 30, 2008
Is outcome of Munawar's appeal indicative of what we can expect from Zaki Boss of the Malaysian Judiciary
Chief Justice Zaki Azmi beginning to throw his true colours...

Will he be able to be INDEPENDENT of UMNO and his past friends, and be able to be concerned only with justice...

Will he be a progressive judge only concerned with JUSTICE - not fearful of developing the law so that justice be done...or will he just remain a tool of UMNO and his 'old friends'.

Also noted that Zaki Azmi was a businessman with involvement in a string of companies - and if so, he must recuse himself from any case involving those companies and/or related companies or even companies whereby his once fellow member of the Board of Directors or management is involved.

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