04 January 2009

PJ Candlelight Vigil 01/2009 - Happening

There are three classes of people:
Those who make things happen
Those who watch things happen
Those who say "what happened?".

The caring Malaysians, who get out of their comfort zones each Sunday and who gather together in support of the Abolishment of I.S.A. probably consider this a small sacrifice to make, when we take into account the Malaysia that we want for our children and grandchildren. It's why I am there. You have to come and see how "happening" the gatherings are. You'll never feel alone again! We are a family, a Malaysian family.

To kickstart the first vigil of 2009 and in honour of all the 2008 vigils that were held in PJ and also in Seremban, here is a collage of almost all the different candles that were lit between 12 October 2008 until 28 December 2008.We've come a long way since that first vigil. We've got a long way to go but we are certainly on our way there. The passion has not dissipated. Many are still hopeful for change. So many new vigilers came tonight. The regulars, ever faithful also showed up. It is always heartening to be a part of the gathering.We had a slight change to the agenda, with less speeches and more mingling with one another. I think it is nice to be able to shake hands with strangers, make small talk and end up as friends. If we don't do it now, when are we ever going to do it? I think it is a good time to bond with others of different races and feel as one Bangsa Malaysia. A by-product of the anti-I.S.A. gathering has instilled in all of us this feeling of unity and we need it.

The first unique candles of 2009
To those who came tonight and who will not be present next week, we'll hold the torch till you all are back. For the record, the vigil goes on, in the absence of the main organizers, other natural leaders take over and we'll gather to make a stand and to show our support as always.

To those whose picture I didn't get tonight, I'll catch you next time! ;)

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SAJ said...

Dear Lita,

Thanks a million for the heart-warming post.
Yes We Can!

Best Wishes

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

SAJ: You are most welcome! Yes, We Can!!!! :)

Speak Up Malaysia said...

Estrelita, you are definitely one of "Those who make things happen." Keep up the good fight.

“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.”
- Robert Alden

"God didn't promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow,
sun without rain,
but He did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears,
and light for the way."
- Anonymous

Speak Up Malaysia said...

Estrelita, Monday February 9, 2009, is the Chinese Lantern Festival day. Maybe the vigil organisers can think of something for Feb 8 gathering :)

"Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?"
- Maurice Freehill

Antares said...

You LIT A candle for freedom and found a whole family of friends!

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

Antares: You are a genius with words! That was just awesome. I loved it! :)

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

Speak Up Malaysia: That's a good idea. Hopefully we can make a special lantern night. Now that would be something to look forward to! :)

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

Speak up Malaysia: I forgot to add that you definitely "Make things happen too!". Thanks for your kind comment. :)