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Kampung Compass Points Letters 9th of July - an everyday in Malaysia
9th of July - an everyday in Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 July 2011 09:03

banana1By Ee Chia


FIRST of all, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Prime Minister Najib Razak, Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, IGP Ismail Omar, Deputy IGP Khalid Bakar and KL Police Deputy Chief, Amar Singh for making 9th July happen.


For without the insane crackdown on Bersih supporters with Yellow coloured t-shirts, unreasonable detention, the flip-flop invitation of using the Stadium by the Prime Minister, the massive road blocks and KL lock down days before the rally, 9th of July may not have been what it was that historic Saturday.


We saw the birth of a new generation of Malaysians who are no longer apathetic, but dare to stand up for their rights, rising above intimidation.


When I arrived at Puduraya from Dayabumi through Petaling Street, I saw a sea of people. It felt as if we had re-taken KL from the FRU. KL belongs to us, and Malaysia belongs to the people - the Rakyat. Throughout the whole rally, it was almost like we were at war; a war between the Police and the people.

 

People stood united as one, from different backgrounds, different ethnicities, from all walks of life, holding on steadfastly to what we believe is rightfully ours: a free and fair election at the very least, the right to assemble peacefully for one common cause, and most important of all, the realisation that we, the Rakyat, can no longer keep silent and we must overcome the fear and oppression of unfair authority.


I followed the heartwarming #bersihstories with many joys and tears. Many experienced the camaraderie of Malaysians, a true 1Malaysia in the sense where everyone was helping each other regardless of colour, class and age; sharing salt, sharing water, calming each other down while walking away from the tear gas and water cannons. People started to believe again, that Malaysians are actually good people... Many wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world.


Meanwhile, many also expressed regret for not being there on the 9th of July. For not being able to be part of this historic moment which saw Malaysians rising above all fears, determined to have our voices heard, and points taken by the authority who seem to be living in a different reality.


But do you know that 9th of July actually happens every day in Malaysia, in its own small way? It didn't happen only on that Saturday afternoon. It has been happening, had happened in a grand style on 9th of July, and will continue to happen in the days to come.


9th of July is about the Rakyat being empowered to stand up for what’s right, united as fellow Malaysians.


If you attend the nightly candlelight vigils at Bukit Aman to call for the immediate and unconditional release of the PSM6 who were detained without proper evidence under the Emergency Ordinance ever since the start of the Bersih crackdown two weeks ago, you will remember 9th of July. Shouts of:

 

“Bebaskan Chon Kai!”

“Bebaskan Dr Kumar!”

“Bebaskan Sara!”

“Bebaskan Letchu!”

“Bebaskan Babu!”

“Bebaskan Sukumaran!”

 

will remind you of our shouts of “Hidup Bersih!” and “Hidup Rakyat!” on that 9th of July. You will also see people from all walks of life come together for this one cause. Quite similar to 9th of July, the only difference is that, instead of 50,000, you only have 100 brave souls.


If you join

 

the Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia’s workshops and events,

the second remembrance of the 1805 death in custody this Saturday (gather at Annexe/Bar Council, the Klang River side),

the activities and workshops by UndiMalaysia, LoyarBurok and MyConsti,

the Art Festival and Concert by the Pekan Frinjan,

and the various voter registration drives in the town....

 

you will see and feel the 9th of July almost everyday. It may be in a smaller group, but the same spirit nonetheless - to see a better Malaysia.


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DLim |2011-07-17 15:02:36
Indeed Ee Chia, if we all don't stand up for our rights to a fair election, noone will and everything will remain the same. Kudos to those who turned up despite intimidation and threats. Without you all .... nothing will change .. for the better. Blessings to the rakyat.
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