Some 300 people turned up for an Abolish ISA candlelight vigil in Penang last night (Photos by Amiruddin, Wartawan Rasmi Laman Reformasi)
John Pilger’s award-winning War on Democracy, which was screened at the opening of the Freedom Film Fest in Penang last night
Just a couple of updates on what’s been happening around Penang:
But before that, a Molotov cocktail was reportedly hurled into Teresa Kok’s parents’ house at 2.55am today. Thankfully, they failed to explode and no one was hurt.
Last night, some 300 people attended an Abolish ISA candlelight vigil in front of Dewan Sri Pinang for the third Friday night in a row. More pictures by Amiruddin here.
I wasn’t there as I was at the Wawasan Open University attending the Freedom Film Fest (see below). From what I hear, those who attended the candlelight vigil wrote dozens of greeting cards to the detainees in Kamunting. Many wanted to send cards to Raja Petra. Organisers pointed out there are 65 other detainees in Kamunting who would be happy to receive cards as well, so some in the crowd said, okay, we will write one card to Raja Petra and a second one to another detainee! RPK sure has some ardent readers. Speaking of which, I just discovered this morning that I share the same birthday as Raja Petra… which is nice 🙂 Many happy returns, Raja Petra!
Some good soul has come up with an easy way for you to send a protest email to your ‘favourite’ politician for detaining RPK and others under the ISA. Click here.
Meanwhile, the Abolish ISA Movement (GMI) also organised a peaceful demonstration at Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur at noon yesterday. Full report here. Check Haris Ibrahim’s and Susan Loone’s blogs for more initiatives against the ISA.
Blogger Justin Choo comments:
To wish YM a “Happy Birthday” today, in my humble opinion, will not do any justice to him, to put it very mildly. There will be many well-meaning friends who will wish YM so, as is the normal greetings on one’s birthday. But today is not a normal day for Raja Petra. He is sacrificing his freedom for our freedom.
I wish him well.
I salute you, YM Raja Petra Kamarudin!
Justice will prevail in due course!
One volunteer placed a dustbin on the ground and said, “This is where we are going to ‘buangkan ISA‘”, as those present threw scraps of paper in the bin.
Police allowed the event to proceed unhindered for around an hour, but they drew the line when some in the crowd wanted to do a walk. Organisers abided as they did not want to jeopardise future Friday night vigils.
Over at the Wawasan Open University, about a hundred people attended the opening night of the Freedom Film Fest. The turnout would probably have been higher if not for the clash in schedule with the Abolish ISA vigil going on at the same time. A couple of excellent documentaries were screened, Abror Rivai’s ‘Pilihanraya Umum Malaysia ke-12‘ and John Pilger’s ‘War on Democracy’.
Blogger MP Jeff Ooi addressed the audience while Aliran president P Ramakrishnan officially opened the Freedom Film Fest, paying tribute to those who ‘dare to document’ the struggle for human rights and justice.
More movies and documentaries will be screened today and tomorrow at Wawasan Open University.
Kudos to the Komas team for a brilliant effort in bringing this annual Film Fest back to Penang.