Brilliant news about Maria Chin’s release. Take a bow all you Malaysians who campaigned hard for her release. The above award-winning song of light overcoming darkness is dedicated to all those who persisted with the campaign.
As vigils were held, candles lit, petitions signed, online activism and awareness spread, it must have been a case of of How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria? for the authorities.
As the final line of the lyrics goes, “How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?” Simply impossible. And so it was with How Do You Manage the Public Outcry for Maria’s Release? They just couldn’t.
It didn’t help that with social media and messaging apps, everyone can be an activist! Each act of sharing news of injustice and oppression raises the awareness of the people.
We salute the extraordinary courage of those who turned out at the many events to make their voices heard, many of them attending a rally for the first time, inspired by the courage of Maria and their fellow Malaysians.
Why, some of them were even unfazed when hecklers tried to disrupt a vigil for Maria and Zunar at the Esplanade yesterday. Undaunted, these concerned Malaysians chanted slogans and even succeeded in drowning out the hecklers!
Even the police yesterday did a good job in containing the ruckus created by these 15-odd hecklers unlike what happened the previous day, when a mob went on a rampage during Zunar’s exhibition at Komtar.
Syabas to one and all!