Live updates from an eye-witness at the scene.
Blog reader We Care says:
I see Rain as a symbol for “Showers of Blessing”.
Let’s continue to fast and pray for Wisdom, Peace and Tranquility to prevail.
Let’s continue to campaign to “RELEASE all ISA detainees and ABOLISH ISA NOW”!
In a related development, Perak became the second state to approve a motion in its State Assembly to Abolish the ISA. The motion was approved yesterday, according to the Abolish ISA Movement, Syed Ibrahim Syed Nor in an email notification. It’s a huge symbolic milestone for the campaign as the Kamunting Detention Centre lies in Perak. Selangor was the first state to approve such a motion in May.
2120: The vigil ends peacefully after the crowd sings two numbers, “I have a dream” and “Where are all the flowers gone?” Zorro tells the rakyat it’s not the size of the crowd that matters but their intention and commitment to the cause of justice.
The next vigil will be held in Penang tomorrow, Saturday night, at the Esplanade at 8.00pm.
2107: Zorro has been addressing the crowd. He reminds them that candlelight vigils played an important role in the run up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of oppression.
The two plainclothes men are back. There are a couple of other officers farther away.
2042: P Gunasekaran, the State Assembly member for Senawang in Negri Sembilan has just completed his speech. Guna tells me over the phone that DAP MPs will continue to call for the abolition of the ISA like they have done ever since the Mahathir era.
The folks from Jerit (the Oppressed People’s Network) had earlier announced their “Bicycle Campaign” themed “Rakyat Pengayuh Perubahan” to focus attention on the real issues that the rakyat have to contend with quite apart from all the political drama now being played out at the national issue. The objectives of the campaign are to:
- increase awareness among the rakyat of their real problems and the solutions to these problems.
- increase awareness of the need to be environmentally friendly to save our dying earth.
- raise awareness among the people of Jerit’s main demands
- the enactment of a Minimum Wage Act
- the abolition of draconian laws
- the provision of adequate housing for all
- the need for essential goods to be affordable
- the revival of local council elections, and
- an end to the privatisation of public services such as water, health care and education.
Two people who looked like plainclothes police were seen earlier but they are no longer there now.
2034: Despite the rain, about 50 or 60 of the rakyat are now gathered at the Dataran Seremban Park. Let’s hope that the event proceeds without any disruption.
2020: The vigil is running a bit late because of the rain. A small group is already there; others are on the way. The event is likely to start soon.
2000: It’s a wet evening in Seremban but that has not deterred a few individuals from turning up. They have adjourned for a snack while waiting for others to turn up.