Blogger and PKR webmaster Nathaniel Tan was released ON POLICE BAIL just after 5pm today after a four-day remand for allegedly breaching the Official Secrets Act. He was welcomed by a huge crowd of supporters and friends as he walked out of the Bukit Aman’s Commercial Crime Division in Kuala Lumpur. He has to report back to the Commercial Crime Division on July 31.”All I want to do now is to go and look for roti canai to eat,” he said.
He added that bloggers and activists will not bow down to any intimidating tactics by the police. THANKS NAT FOR SAYING THAT ON BEHALF OF US.
In brief, Nat feels motivated and is strengthening his resolve to fight for justice for all. He taught the inmates to chant reformasi songs. If they think they can get to PKR by bullying him, they are in for a shock. He is grateful to everyone for their support. Read the original message below:
Saya berasa semnagat and menguatkan azam untuk menegakkan keadilan untuk semua. I’ve been teaching the inmates how to sing reformasi songs. If they think they can get to PKR or activists by bullying a skinny young fella, mereka sudah salah anggap. Saya amat berterima kasih kepada keluarga yang dikasihi, Li Tsin yang disayangi, rakan-rakan aktivis dan rakan-rakan di Malaysia dan di luar negara.
Nat is in remand until today (Tuesday), supposedly till 3pm, according to Elizabeth Wong’s blog. Read it for lots of info on Nat and the daily activities in support of Nat.
I really hope Nat will be free soon, that his four-day remand won’t be extended. I understand how his family must feel, how Li Tsin, his devoted girlfriend must be through now (she met him last night). But I am so proud them, taking it all in good spirits and giving us all hope, like his parents for example.
Like most of us, he doesn’t deserve to be in there. What is his crime? But I really feel motivated to see all the support for Nat. The vigil at nights were successful and it’s good to see everyone, family and church members, bloggers, journalists, PKR supporters and activists coming together to register their protest against Nat’s detention, indirectly supporting the work bloggers do and at the same time, saying “NO” to draconian laws like the OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT.
I wish I were there too, to be part of the vigil, the support group, but since I am not, here’s flowers for Nat (above), for his family and his love, Li Tsin. Hope I will hear good news soon.
They can definitely put iron bars around us, but they can’t imprison our love, thoughts and our will to do right.