As most people already know, on 15 November, police acted crazy again (was it the full moon?), and arrested blogger masterwordsmith-unplugged. And what was she doing? Singing a song on freedom!
Six police officers arrested one woman, bloody cowards!
She was arrested under Sec 143 of the Police Act for illegal assembly. Illegal assembly!
The Univesal Declaration of Human Rights is 60 years old this year! Malaysia is a party to this Declaration, and freedom of assembly is enshrined under Article 20; by virtue of the fact that it is a member (for 3 consecutive years) of the United Nations!
Just want name, an office and travel holidays to Geneva or New York and not any responsibility that comes with the UN or the Declaration?
What a hypcrite the Malaysian government is. Those who question the illegality of peaceful assemblies, please ask the Malaysian government first, why it does not respect a Declaration it has signed on at the International level?
Fear is the only weapon they have now. And the police will go on instilling fear in all of us until we kow tow to the powers that be.
We’ve got a glimpse of days and years to come if we continue to have the same kind of administration.
So, people, think hard and think quick. For our days are numbered.
Meanwhile, many bloggers have done excellent posts on Paula’s trauma. Read them here:
Paula, I hope you are doing better now. In your blog, you said:
The fear is still there. Do not judge me for that admission, please. I am only human and it is no joke to be ALONE, to be the one and only ‘selected’ ONE, to know that I face a barrage of questions by myself and that whatever I said would have a bearing on my future and perhaps even that of others. Please empathize with me. I do no pretend to be a heroine because I am not. A plain simple woman with a passion for what I believe in, that’s who I am. It is easy for people to say have no fear but when in such a situation, I wonder and worry for my little boy and my family.
What does November 28th hold in store for me?
Will it change my life forever?
I, for one will never begrudge you for any decisions. We all do the best we can. When that time is up, we leave. So worry not. And do what is best for you and your family. We will always remember the day Paula sang songs of freedom for us in Esplanade, Penang.
Thank you, Paula.
Note: Whatever high-handed tactics the hypocrites may use on ordinary citizens, candle light vigils are here to stay. I am sure of that. So brace yourself, and learn how to protect yourself. Read Haris Ibrahim of the Peoples Parliament: What to do when the going gets tough.