“Defiant lawyers to walk on Sunday’? (Malaysiakini). More like courageous lawyers.

I was quite excited to know that some courageous lawyers will be walking this December 9, despite the Bar Council’s cowardly decision not to. They will start at 7.30am from Sogo’s to Central Market in Kuala Lumpur. I wish them all the best.

Lawyer Charles Hector, explained in his email, that the alternative group is walking because, among others (1) it is their inalienable right to do so (2) a right that can only be exercised by the consent of the police is a shrivelled up and pitiful kind of right (3) they are not inclined to be obedient to the high-handed directives of a tainted and unjust state apparatus…


Only yesterday, I felt annoyed when reading Edmond Bon’s “Walking out in protest“. It must be really hard for Edmond to say these things, coz I know where his heart is. But I thought the Bar Council was quite pathetic to pull out of the demo at the (near) eleventh hour, after so much hoohaa over “walking the talk” and “walking for justice”. Now it seems like merely ‘talking cock’.

The reasons for holding back the protest was even more pathetic: (1) tear-gas and chemical laced water (2) vilifying of partipants and organisers (3) use of force to disperse participants (4) engineering of an aversion towards public demonstrations and support of solidarity.

What does the Bar Council expect? That there’ll be red carpet, bunga mangga and kompang, to welcome protestors? Hello, we live in a police state. Everyone knows that already. Is the Bar Council sleeping? It’snot like it is the first time that police used these high-handed tactics and brute force on peaceful assemblies.

But what was more pathetic to me was the excuse that the rally would be ‘dangerous’ and ‘little assurance that the safety of the participants would be guaranteed’.

Like as if it was never ever dangerous, like as if we were always assured of our safety when we decide to join any rally. Since the reformasi days in 1998, rallies have been nothing but those two. Despite these hazards, people continue to join protests in solidarity against injustices. Has anyone ever ask why? I wish the Bar Council will speak only for themselves, and not for others who are willing to brave all those ‘excuses’ cum hazards cited by the Council.

It will not be easy for me to forget the Bar Council’s excuse for its own cowardice, especially its patronising excuse for not rallying because there will be many participants like “women and children, the elderly, refugees, and the orang Asli“.

Of all people, these group, considered the vulnerables, will be looking towards the Bar Council, for some courage and boldness, to stand in solidarity with them to challenge the state apparatus. They don’t need someone who’s going to run and hide behind their skirts when warning signs or red alerts come flashing.

These ‘participants’, especially the refugees and the orang Asli know more about danger, suffering and what it is to fight for their own rights than a thousand lawyers huddled together.

All I wish was that the Bar Council could stand by its own decision and tell Malaysians why they can’t go on with the rally. Afraid of rocking the boat or challenging the status quo might be honest reasons. Fear of being associated with anything Hindraf, could be another reason. Perhaps, fear of the ISA is the biggest fear of all. It will all be well understood. And I might even respect the Bar Council for its honesty. Alas…

Lucky for the group of “defiant” lawyers, or whatever you call people who are willing to stand their ground against a super-power and dictatorship who are nothing but shameless and cowards, whenever their authority is challenged.

Like the group of courageous lawyers, I stand firm in my belief that “caving in to the threats and hard tactics of the authorities will seriously set back the ongoing struggle for a just and free Malaysia”.


7 responses »

  1. lucia says:

    i agree that the bar council should give a good honest reason than some pathetic reasons, susan. i came across this post of yours just after i was not too happy with a blogger for giving me some strange reasons on deleting some words of my comments.

    recently when i made a comment at a blogger’s post (on this same issue) i was very mad so i used the f word but the blogger deleted off my f word. fine. i don’t mind that… but the reason the blogger gave was rather strange.

    i wrote “what the f**k is happening?” and the blogger said the f word here can’t be allowed because it means sexual intercourse and doesn’t tie in with my meaning there (eg. ‘what the sexual intercourse is happening’ makes no sense). well i told the blogger wouldn’t it be better if the blogger gave the reason as because the f word is a four letter word that is crude or vulgar so not allowed instead of that reason!

    well i hope that this sunday morning walk will see quite a lot of people. i salute them for wanting to take the walk (yes you are right they are courageous) and wish them well.

  2. borneopeteliew says:

    What a shame! Ambika and gang are ALL WEARING SARI!

  3. Ong Chye Sun says:

    What is the objective or objectives for all that is currently happening? This includes your response to the bar council action.

    Why the rally and get into trouble? Have we reach the stage that rally is the only way? Ballot box is the only way. So the priority should be to ensure that there will be a fair and clean election. How to achieve that? This is what we should all focus on so that the aim of getting “40% of the parliamentary seats in the coming election” can materialize.

    All the best.

  4. wan says:

    Kalau sampai waktuku
    ‘Ku mau tak seorang ‘kan merayu
    Tidak juga kau

    Tak perlu sedu sedan itu

    Aku ini binatang jalang
    Dari kumpulannya terbuang

    Biar peluru menembus kulitku
    Aku tetap meradang menerjang

    Luka dan bisa kubawa berlari
    Hingga hilang pedih peri

    Dan aku akan lebih tidak perduli

    Aku mau hidup seribu tahun lagi

    (oleh Chairil Anwar, Maret 1943)

    If my time should come
    I’d like no one to entice me
    Not even you

    No need for those sobs and cries

    I am but a wild animal
    Cut from its kind

    Though bullets should pierce my skin
    I shall still strike and march forth

    Wounds and poison shall I take aflee
    ‘Til the pain and pang should dissapear

    And I should care even less

    I want to live for another thousand years

  5. Teo Chuen Tick says:

    Way to go!! Let’s see what excuse those official armed gangsters will use when they use their obnoxious weapons. I salute those lawyers who will be walking tomorrow[and whoever brave souls joining them]. Yes, it is important for the powers that be to recognise the rights of the rakyat to peaceful assembly to voice their grievance.

  6. spider says:

    Politicians come and go! Politicians are nothing but crooks and liars!

    If there is any untoward incident on this March of Rights by the Malaysian people- we, the people who are the masters of this land- will hold this Bodolah solely responsible for whatever untoward incident caused by this illegitimate chief gangster Bodolah!

    The People should not be afraid of the Government, the Government should be afraid of the People!

    http://www.acfnewsource.org/democracy/democracy_def.html : Definition of Democracy

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-461990723502527420&q=democracy&total=17372&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=8 Despotism

  7. Raj says:

    I think Bar Council has to take this real seriously. Perhaps they should boycott all court procedure in this country in order show they mean business.
    If those who profess law in this country could not reason out with Pak lah who else could?

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