Khim Pa reports on the first day of the national Green Walk:
The first day of the National GreenWalk started off with much blessings and celebration. Doa was offered, followed by a pastor’s call to bless the walk; a Budhist monk then gave a short talk. The group then went off to a Kuil to celebrate Deepavali with quite a few coconuts broken to make best wishes.
The 13-strong Sarawak team made a colourful entry with their traditional straw hats and decorations. They intend to go all the 300km to Parliament to voice their protest against the Baram Dam and Murum Dam. The 12 mega dams will drown not only their lands but the very meaning of their life. Lands mean Life to the orang asal.
The walk pushed on in searing heat and by late afternoon, the monsoon rain ‘baptised’ these pilgrims of justice. Passing cars hooted their horns to cheer us on. By 6.00pm, we reached Gambang to villagers waving little green flags to welcome us. We sang a few songs and settled in for a hearty meal. The night saw us sleeping in an empty shop-lot on the most comfortable sleeping bags on the cement floor.
We looked forward to the sweet dream of a new, free and green Malaysia as we slipped into our sleeping bags. We love you all.