Late addition: I thought this photo (above) of Raja Petra and his wife Marina in THE STAR was a really good one. Thanks to the photographer who took it, upon RPK’s release from Sungai Buloh prison. I really LOVE their T-Shirts. Are they for sale?
RAJA PETRA KAMARUDDIN, deemed seditious by the authorities, is back on his keyboard again. He shares his four days stint in the Sungai Buloh prison and tells you about the friends he made while serving time there.
He apologises to you and me for letting us down, but I ask ‘whatever for’? Perhaps, it is us out here who didn’t and couldn’t seem to have done enough for you and your family. He is thankful for all our support, and I say: Aw, brother, what are friends for?
Read his latest post “Thank You So Much and Sorry for Letting You Down” on Malaysia-Today for more details of his brief prison time.
During this time, and outside those prison walls, Raja Petra’s supporters have collected quite a sum of money, which far surpassed the intended amount for this bail, which is RM5,000.
In his latest article , Raja Petra propose:
On the money collected thus far, if all you donors can agree to it, I am going to propose that the surplus be put into a BLOGGERS DEFENCE FUND so that any blogger who may in future suffer persecution from the powers-that-be will have financial support to stand and fight. The bail is of course refundable and can be put back into the fund for future use. And the fund can also be used for legal costs whenever we can’t find lawyers who will defend bloggers on a pro bono basis.
So what say you?
I believe this proposal is timely. Often, bloggers are at a lost when they are detained, arrested or have to seek legal redress. Financial aid from such sources would be a great help, especially at a time of need – when posting bail, paying fines, etc.
The collection of the fund should of course be transparent and it would be best to let the fund be in the care of trustworthy, reliable and credible trustees.
So what say you? Do let Raja Petra and friends know what you think. As for me, I say, why not? And have a good weekend 🙂