Monday, 1 December 2008

PJ Anti-ISA Rally 30.11.08

“This life’s dim windows of the soul,
distorts the heavens from pole to pole,
and goads you to believe a lie,
when you see with and not through the eye.”

-William Blake


“HIV/AIDS has now become a pandemic that has literally put the world at risk,
affecting diverse populations in different ways”.
–Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA Director

Last night's vigil was quite a memorable event for me - I met a long time victim of ISA's evil for the first time in person (Well - second time actually, if Raja Petra is to be taken into account)
Pn. Norlaila Othman gave a very moving account of her predicament after the arrest of her husband, En. Mat Shah Mohd Satray under ISA. He has been incarcerated without charges or trial for the past 7 years!!!
Norlaila's attempts at getting her husbands release have thus far been futile - she even related how someone (was it a Suhakam Commisioner?) advised her that taking to the streets was her only alternative.
Her story on how Sharizat advised her to "ambush" Pak Lah at his designated parking lot was hilarious ....
Each time promises were made for release, the "social contract" was extended!!

She related how the system intimidated her social/ family circles, and ostracised her after the arrest.
What she said reflects very well how "FEAR" is used to rule the contry.
When you listen to her accounts, it becomes clear to one and all, how certain quarters use ISA as an instrument of fear, to subjugate and exploit the people. The method used are meant to create an environment of ignorance, so that the can "preserve the peace & harmony" at the expense of human dignity.
The sad part is, many Malaysians in their self-centred comfort zones, still do subcribe to the idea that human dignity should be sacrificed at the altar of "peace & prosperity".

Haris suggested that GMI puts a face to the names of all detainees, by creating profiles of them on their newly launched website, to which Pn. Norlaila agreed.

We got to see the brave lady who made her presence felt at the "pro-ISA rally" conducted by some goons. She wore a t-shirt with "
Stop I Shall Abuse my power" (or something like that) pinned on it. Apparently she shouted "Shame on You" at these goons, from the pedestrian crossing!!
Hell man - she's got GUTS!!!

Then there was Alloysius Pinto, who sang a little of that song "Malaysia Berjaya" and lamented how we used to love that song those days. He got the whole crowd songing to the tune spontaneously with his lovely voice! He asked, how we could've come from that stage of patroitism and optimism to what we are today. He also sang "Kumbaya" (meaning "Come by You"), which the crowd enthusiastically joined in.
zorro said he couldn't find it on the net - well thanks to, here's the song specially for you, zorro:

Alternatively, it may be downloaded from E-kerajaan Sabah
Looking for the above, I came across some nice emails with regard to the song, exchanged on MGG Pillai's
Obviously, it is one of the most loved patriotic songs till today. When I asked around (some youngsters), apparently it is still taught in schools, and played on RTM 1!!
Maybe as we grow up, with the BN propaganda, little time and more Astro, RTM 1 isn't exactly our medium of choice ......

Richard Yeoh adjourned the vigil (
at about 10pm!!) with the anthem of Selangor, and The Negaraku.

Sorry I can't upload any pics - kinda lost the cable to my camera. Anyways, there are other blogs which will provide it ......
I had a pleasant chat with Lita & LChuah (
who remembered me from our MT - prolly more on Azly Rahman's ROV- discussions).
Mr. Chuah,
You're right in saying that I'm at times quite "hard" -
No offense okay. Will try to polish it up a little. That goes for Temenggong too( .... sorry I didn't say hello - got too engrossed with the speakers, I guess) it's just about "debating" ideas - nothing personal .... didn't know that you guys are so much senior to me.

At three I had a feeling of ambivalence toward my brothers,
and so it follows naturally that I poisoned my lovers.
but now I'm happy I have learned the lesson this has taught,
that everything that I do that's wrong is somebody else's fault.
-Anna Russell



  1. Doc, thank you so much. My question: How come this is hardly aired anymore...are those words satu bangsa....too revealing and not palatable these days. Thanks again doc.

  2. Yep - I think that's possible.
    But then again, as I said, only those who watch RTM 1 and school kids will know if it is shown/heard on TV these days, taught in schools.

    Anyway - I too miss this song a lot.
    Lovely song, really ....


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