Supporters cheer and wave at RPK as the van he is in leaves the courthouse this morning (Photos by [email protected])
The crowd knocks on the side of the van: “We are with you, RPK!”
Blogger Whisperer sums up the mood:
Many teary eyes around today. I won’t put it as disappointment. It’s purely sadness. I went into the courtroom to convey my support to Pete. I could sense something was wrong as Pete wasn’t himself today. I suppose he expected the postponement. My heart bled and my tears broke free. I wasn’t alone.
Perhaps you need to be here to understand. There is this special bond… a bond that binds all of us together like a big family. Yeah… a big compassionate family. A new era? Another new beginning? Certainly, a positive one.
Come 10 November, come and be part of this special bond and let this special bond rise and spread across this Nation.
Again, I would like to say this: It’s worth the sacrifice to be here!
[email protected] reports on what was supposed to be Day Four of the RPK trial:
0940: The van finally leaves the compound, much to the sadness and disappointment of those present, who had wanted to spend more time with RPK. Some quickly send out text messages to friends who had plans to come later. Everyone starts dispersing and reminding one another about the next dates: 10-12 November. We will be back! Long live RPK, Long live Marina, Long live the true rakyat of Malaysia. Long live Justice!
0930: People are still walking, oblivious to what’s happening. Well, everyone is reluctant to leave until RPK leaves. So, all of us wait for the familiar van to move out. We have a little more time to see the van ‘cos it is blocked by another car. The van backs up and excitement mounts as some of the crowd knock against the side of the van to let RPK know we are still with him.
“He’s blindfolded, isn’t it?” asks a woman.
The crowd continues to shout in Raja Petra’s direction: “We are with you!”
Then the van stops. What’s happening? “The driver needs to go to the toilet,” someone remarks and everyone bursts out laughing. I suppose RPK is also laughing inside. More pictures below
0900: What? Postponed?! Proceedings will continue on 10-12 November. Apparently, Justice Rozina Ayob is on medical leave, I think. Gobind comes out to confirm it’s postponed. A blogger tells me he expected it because earlier, he had heard something to that effect, and he said RPK’s facial expression was one of sadness. He’ll be going back to Kamunting then. My heart sinks; just thinking about it makes my eyes red. Take a deep breath; it’s okay; God will know what to do.
On a “cruise” to Freedom: RPK supporters waiting outside court
0830: People are still coming in; it’s a clear morning as the sun shines brightly. I talk to a few people about last night’s vigil. There were Special branch people last nght, but they stayed clear of the crowd.
‘Free RPK’ T-shirts fly like hot cakes
0800: Court room all full. At least 25 more are outside in the courtyard. This morning more new faces. T-shirts, hot items. I take a peek inside and see talking to his family and lawyers. Quite noisy inside, can’t get in.