It is a rainy Sunday evening, I pray for the clouds to clear but it does not. I worry that the turnout might be lower. I am so dead wrong!
The people came, with their umbrellas, their raincoats, sunshields held over heads (yep, now we know it is dual purpose), newspapers and their candles. Many came equipped to share everything: candles, holders, umbrellas, loudspeakers, flashlights, music etc. (special thanks to May for giving me a candle and holder when mine failed).
Everyone huddles as close as possible, despite the inconvenience of the open umbrellas. Everyone listens intently to Marina, Bernard, Haris and first-timers. Everyone is there in solidarity with the I.S.A. detainees. Everyone gathers there for the sole purpose of showing support for the abolishment of the I.S.A. Everyone smiles at each other. Everyone is looking out for one another, as we ought to do. Everyone is Malaysian, save for one lone Singaporean and another foreigner (regrettably I did not get his pic or name)
Tonight was a heartening sight for tired souls. Tonight was an encouraging display of harmony. Tonight was an inspiring exhibition of ordinary people showing up for an extraordinary situation, although the rain could have been a great deterrent.
I am certain this is only the awakening. I think that my generation will get to see the end of the I.S.A. I hope I will not be dead wrong about it!
Share tonight with me through these few pictures taken:
And finally, a kindred spirit. Those who took pictures, really had to perfect a balancing act between umbrella, candle and camera.