A group of young people at the vigil last night in PJ (Photos by Rakyat@Work)
Part of the “NO 2 ISA” message on the ground where the vigil was held
kkitsam tells us about the messages from Marina and others:
I will say yesterday was a special night, even though the date was bought foward last Friday, and rain from 3.00pm to 6.00pm around KL (after being cloudy all day) failed to prevent a strong crowd of 300 people from turning up.
Marina got the crowd going by lighting the “NO 2 ISA” candles and delivering a message. She thanked the crowd for their continuing support and spoke of RPK’s medical check up a day earlier. The doctor revealed RPK has a good heart, but his back was bad.
Then Gobind got the crowd roaring to fight against the ISA. Both Zorro and Haris also said a few words. It was declared that there would be a Vigil every Sunday at 8.00pm at the same place until every ISA detainee is released.
Rakyat@Work sends in another eye-witness account:
2130: I gotta go ‘cos I have just met a couple who have volunteered to give us a lift back. We leave at 9.30pm. The crowd is still there. As we drive past, our driver honks, like someone else did earlier. Sounds of support and freedom for RPK and the rakyat. Yes! Great night, very satisfying. Please continue to keep RPK and family in prayer.
2100: LKS arrives. Now the crowd has swelled to more than 250 or even 300. Sea change? Fireworks tomorrow? Too noisy now, can’t hear what’s going on in front. Be patient, I suppose. Shortly after this, Marina’s walks around: more hugs, more thanks, then goodbye.
2045: Marina’s here; so is Gobind. Marina leads the way: she lights the candles, making out the words “NO 2 ISA” on the ground. Gobind helps out as well.
Next, Marina updates us with what’s going on and asks all of us to visit the Malaysia Today website ‘cos she has launched ‘My little scrapbook’. Please visit the website – it’s self-explanatory. She thanks everyone for coming from near and far for their support and urges us to continue to seek the truth for justice.
Next Gobind gives us some updates followed by addresses by two well known bloggers.
2030: The crowd is now more than 200. “Okay, who’s in charge here?” I ask someone.
“I don’t know” came the reply.
So, I catch hold of some senior blogger and ask.
Same response: “Don’t know.”
Interestingly, everybody’s busy lighting candles and doing stuff on the floor. Be careful now, someone is forming some wording on the floor with candles: “NO 2 ISA”. Great.
Don’t light it first, wait for the man… sorry, woman… of the hour to do the honours. Who’s that?
Silly question! “Marina’s coming,” another fellow chips in. Fantastic.
2015: Wow! The group suddenly swells. “How many turn up now?” asks a brother.
Man, can’t tell. Sea of people, probably more than 100. It’s like a carnival but minus the music. It’s peaceful; yet lots of movement of people… chatting, ocassionaly some laughter from a group over here and a group over there.
2005: Hey, look, there’s a small group already there! About 30 of them! Now, the spirit shifts gear. Now that makes 50 of us? Okay, lets go to work. Camera, recorder!
2000: Lagi tak ada orang… Emm, never mind, we’d better go to the field opposite Amcorp Mall. What’s wrong? Mind still wandering… the rain? Sunday? We continue walking with a new group of youngsters who have just joined in.
1930: Arrive at main hall of Padang with my partner. Fewer than 15 of us!? Where are the rest? We are probably too early. Supposed to start at 8.00pm. Feedback is not that encouraging. No jams on the road, everything is quiet though I see a police van passing by. Have faith, wait… wait… wait…