[email protected] who was on his way to Ipoh to cover the Sunday vigil there reflects:
As we go into regression over (Sunday) night’s pandemonium, many would have formed new impressions and new experiences and witnessed the new rakyat thinking as we move forward into a new Malaysia.
Change is inevitable; it’s happening right here, right now! Whatever course the rakyat choose to take next will determine if we remain stagnant or progress as one human race.
While my travelling mates and I were covering the Ipoh vigil, our hearts were beating for the PJ vigil as early as 7.30pm. Our handphones were literary filled with breaking news every 5 to 10 mins. SMSes were exchanged at a furious pace, back and forth. (All the 4 Ws were put to use: Who? Where? When? Why? and now trying to anwwer the What? What’s all this about? What is going to come out of it? What was it the police were trying to prove? What is the rakyat all about? We can only answer within ourselves. Something was brewing all right but never in my wildest imagination could I have comprehended what was to follow (which is history now):
“I WILL NOT BE COWED!”
I would just like to share with you these SMSes:
10.20pm “Im detained”
10.24pm “Hear d siren”
11.04pm “Ronnie is here to help”
1.31am “Im angry by those who were handcuffed n manhandled just now I WILL NOT BE COWED!”
Many other SMSes followed….
“I WILL NOT BE COWED!”
In the midst of all this uncertainty and adversity, something Pure is bound to be born. My friends have literally come face to face with reality and now have to choose between FEAR and TRUTH.
I remain hopeful and steadfast. I believe nothing comes easily in lives especially so in our current endeavour for change! There are many more heroic stories to be told and of course some would not be pleasant as well as we now count the days towards a new rakyat-based nation. Sticks and stones may break our bones but it will never touch our souls. We have to shoulder on. One day, one step at a time and soon, soon enough…We’ll learn to cherish moments like this ONE DAY!
One of those arrested, Angela Ooi recalls:
I was there. They most certainly did move in BEFORE the anthem ended… We can now see for ourselves how this… govt… lies….
…The CPO said we had to disperse ‘cos “no permit was asked and no permt was issued”. When I asked would it be issued if asked, he promptly said no. This took place infront of Amcorp when I confronted him before the start of the vigil….
While the rakyat ponder their future, the Prime Minister appears to be in … err, deep thought.