18 January 2009

PJ Vigil 03/2009 (15th) Vigil Interruptus

I've just come back from Singapore! It is always a welcome break for me to travel down south for a weekend. Although I always look forward to being there, I do feel happy returning because Malaysia is my home.

This isn't the scene at the Tuas Checkpoint at the Second Link! I wouldn't blame you if you thought it was!
It's a scene from PJ New Town when the police blocked the road because they deemed the Pot Luck Vigil an illegal gathering. They probably consider the people there a menace to society! What a laugh!

There were already many people when I arrived. I only had time to greet about three friendly faces. These are people who I've come to recognise and who I now consider to be part of a fraternity of like- and right-minded souls.

Then the police came to inform us that we had to disperse or they would do so by force!

I walked away. I am one of those, by nature, convent-schooled to boot, who finds it hard to defy authority. Yeah, I'm a wimp! :(

This is a picture taken from behind the police who were having a discussion with the organisers.
These people, like me, were very reluctant to leave. We do not really understand the reasons for the police to show up! No points for guessing why!

Then the announced, that in 30 seconds, they would break up the gathering and people began to leave.
This truck was at the entrance to MBPJ.

People gathered outside the entrance, across the road.

The police moved out to the main road.
Eventually, everyone got together and organised the potluck at a nearby restaurant. We were being forced to move on and on and on.

At the restaurant, I greeted more friends! Congratulated them on the incredible job they did in KT. Shooks hands with them! Hugged them! Wished them well!

I was tired. So I left, still feeling the remnants of the euphoric win in KT in my bones! As we drove off, I could only think of the I.S.A. detainees and I could only hope that they know and they understand that we are keeping the vigils going for them. All hope is not lost. Many are standing up for them.

We may
give in,
give out,
or give way
but we will not give up!

Lest the bigger picture is forgotten, we need to remember that a candle burns, every Sunday, until the I.S.A. is abolished!
This is the only candle picture I captured tonight! Its light burns brightly in my mind as I write this post. It belongs to Angie, a brave soul!

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SANJIUN (in Mandarin)


Antares said...

We may
give in,
give out,
or give way
but we will not give up!

Perfectly said, Lita.

So sad, so silly, so utterly dehumanizing... to be a Malaysian policeman & be forced to follow orders from a braindead baboon who fully deserves to be forcibly dragged from his cushy office in the home ministry & thoroughly tarred & feathered by friends & families of every single citizen still locked up in Kamunting.

Witless, soulless, shameless Demonspawn! Yes, I'm talkin' to YOU, Potatohead Gestapoman!

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

to my brilliant Antares:

"What we think or what we know or what we
believe is, in the end, of little consequence.
The only consequence is what we do."
- John Ruskin

Glad we are on the same side! :) Hugs

Jarod said...

Actually, we can FOOL them by going to LOTUS Restaurant instead of gathering in front of MBPJ. Makan Makan aje... And must eat in front of THEM!!! But sadly, their presence is such a nuisance.

Keep it SIS! tc

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

Jarod: We miss you, come back as soon as you can! Thanks for the support. Hugs for you! :)

TheWhisperer said...

Hi Yin,

Glad to be back and enjoy broadband services here in KL.

Couldn't blog in KT as my laptop was having problem with its wireless system. Cable streaming was like trickling.. So I ended up multitasking myself to the need of the group.

I arrived late to the restaurant last night. Guess you must have left. I did not mingle around much. Just park myself at the food section:P

Your hugs for our warrior? They truly deserved it!

But where's mine?

peng said...

Sore losers! The bosses must have given instructions to mess with the people after losing the Monsoon Cup on 17 Jan!
What a shame! Bricks to the sore losers!
And to the brave rakyats..you all boleh!

Anonymous said...

Last time it was the candles that deem dangerous, last night maybe it's the chicken wing they afraid. What's next?

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

TheWhisperer: Yang, hugs for you too, of course. It must have been wonderful to contribute to the win!

I left pretty early last night as I was tired. See you next Sunday okay! :)

peng: They know exactly who are the winners and that's the problem! :)

kkitsam: This comment is so funny! Actually laughed out loud!

peng said...

Lita, I saw the pictures of all the FOOOOD in kkitsam's post. I am so proud to know you all!

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

Peng: I'm ashamed to say I went empty-handed. Reached KL at 7, had a quick dinner and straight to the vigil. I was in Singapore over the weekend.

Sadly, I didn't stay for the fooooooooood. I was tired. But there will be other times. Hope you'll make it next time! :)