Mysterious masked man who took a stand for justice

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We salute you, Muhamad Syukree Hussain

Photo and tribute by [email protected]

I was shocked, then sadness engulfed me, and now I feel a sense of regret for not taking the time to get to know him better. I quickly sent a text message to all my friends; they were equally shocked as well. Why?

You see, when we attended the Abolish ISA vigils from the very beginning, everyone was like part of a new family, the Barisan Rakyat. All of us come in different shapes, colours and sizes.

So you go round and get to meet new folks. Some are easier to know; others take time to open up; that’s understandable.

At every vigil, we have an opportunity to listen to new speakers and its enriching especially when the sharing is from the heart. Views are always respected though they may be from a different perspective. It’s a lot of fun when you are standing in the rain, though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

The PJ vigils have been blessed in that the supporters are gaining momentum; no matter what the weather conditions are like, over 200 people turn up. Last week, we had more than 12 first-time visitors as we marked our tenth vigil. Most of these vigils have been enriched by Syukree’s presence.

Though I don’t know much about him personally, Syukree always came with a mask on his face. Yes, a real mask, the one Halloween kind. Strangely enough, last Sunday, attention was focused on him. He used to walk around and mingle with the crowd and we had got used to his light-hearted, fun-filled gestures. Coincidently, as Zorro was speaking, he sat just right up where Zorro was addressing the crowd. Zorro, for the first and sadly the last time, introduced Syukree to the crowd.

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Here I am now, wondering what’s all this about. In retrospect, here we have a hardcore supporter in the vigils; we hardly heard from him, and yet he entertained the crowd with his mask, and best of all, always obliged those with cameras. And suddenly, he is missed! I do really hope and want to believed that Syukree knows exactly why he attended the vigils. The last mask he wore spoke volumes about his purpose and his personal crusade. Take a look at his face for yourself! He knew what the rakyat were feeling and what they were going through.

Perhaps, just perhaps, to him, action meant more than words. My consolation is that Syukree indeed made a stand for what he believed in and the truth has set him free. His contribution to the vigils has been immeasurable and he will be sadly missed by us all.

Syukree has a name and he has a face that God will recognise and He will bless his soul.

Now, my heart is determined and resolute. The vigils must go on and the ISA must be abolished! I simply and humbly invite you to come to the next PJ vigil and experience it for yourselves.

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Western Wall Prayers
20 Feb 2009 4.54am

I’ve only recently read about Muhamad Syukree Hussain. I don’t have the background information about him, but I have respect for the fact that he stood up for what he believed in. My prayers are with him.

amoker
19 Dec 2008 12.20pm

Al fatihah.

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Myblog
19 Dec 2008 10.44am

Dear Anil, I am writing with regards to an unrelated issue i.e. the sell off of IJN. You can publish this or keep it as a private message to you. This BN fellows have now resorted to raising money by selling the remaining assets of this great nation. Now they have their eyes on IJN, a national premier institute, the pride of the nation and in many cases, the only resort for needy Malaysians for affordable cardiac healthcare. Just imagine if a private company get their hands on IJN, experience shows us that all promises of affordable treatment etc will… Read more »

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caravanserai
19 Dec 2008 10.42am

The masked man He walked with purpose I don’t know him And I never will Yet his crusade Clowning to make it free ISA vigils Let the law goes away The vigils may lose him The trademark will not disappear Like Zorro fighting for the oppressed A new one will appear The masked man He played his part Fighting injustices Let freedom flow Now I pray Let his soul rest in peace May Allah welcome him home And we continue to light our candles Let freedom flow We salute you Muhamad Syukree Hussain For bringing a difference in the vigils… Read more »

Justin Choo
19 Dec 2008 10.17am

Anil,

No disrespect meant to Syukree. May he rest in peace.

May I share this info in your blog?

YB Liew Chin Tong (DAP MP, Bukit Bendera)will give a talk on the actual happenings in Parliament sittings this Saturday:

2.00pm to 3.30pm, 20 December 2008; at

DAP Bukit Bendera Parliamentary Constituency Office;
396A, 1st Floor, Wayton Court, Jalan Burma, 10350 Pulau Pinang;
(next to Jalan Gottlieb and Jalan Burma/Jalan Mt Erskine traffic lights);

For more info please go to :
http://romerz.blogspot.com/2008/12/briefing-on-parliament-what-happened-in.html

Angela Ooi
Angela Ooi
19 Dec 2008 6.26am

I do not know him but I feel sad we have lost a colourful member of our Barisan Rakyat. I will say a prayer for him. God Bless him and help his family tide over their loss.

Cna Change
Cna Change
19 Dec 2008 12.20am

must be hollowman 2

Cna Change
Cna Change
19 Dec 2008 12.19am

Must be the hollow man ….

Estrelita Soliano Grosse
18 Dec 2008 11.16pm

Syukree had a unique life. He lived it as he wanted to, without bending to the norms of, what we call, society. He was a brave man who chose to be what he wanted to be. He will be remembered for all that he represented while he was alive. I salute him for his courage in the face of adversity. He has gone to a better world. May his soul rest in eternal peace.