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A Plan of Action PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Friday, 27 January 2012 14:32

ON a Sunday morning in mid-November last year, a host of civil society groups gathered at the KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall to officially pledge their commitment to working for a better tomorrow. Together, they come under the banner Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM). Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia is part of this coalition.


But what's that better tomorrow?


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We thought this extract of a poem by Usman Awang spoke volumes on that score.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2012 15:16
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Picnic beramai-ramai PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 December 2011 02:04

no2pa2011cSaturday last week, just about when the sun was hottest, the management at Suria KLCC sent its cleaners out onto the garden terrace for a good scrub of the place. The entire stretch was barricaded, the fountains quiet and sullen, and nobody from the public was allowed onto the stretch. A little strange for such maintenance activity to take place given that Saturdays are the busiest days for the mall.

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Not the last goodbye - 16th July 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:13

By Farida Jivamala Ibrahim


Teoh Beng Hock : death number 1804;  died while in custody on 16th July, 2009.


He can never come back but he matters still.  His little one, growing up without a Dad – he matters too.

 

R. Gunasegaran : death number 1805; died in custody on the same  day in 2009.

 

Nothing can ever bring him back but he matters too,  like his sister, striving to redeem his name.

 

They all matter  - the 1,805 Malaysians who, between 2003 and 16th July 2009 according to a ministerial reply in Parliament, died while in the custody of the state.


We have only the names of  50, among them Syed Fadzil Syed Hamzah - death number 6; S.Hendry - death number 928; Liziana binti Mohd Kamal - death number 1330 and Chai Hong Yik - death number 1631.


What of the remaining 1,755? Who were they? What of their families, struggling with grief, waiting for a closure that will not come?


We do not know. What little we read and hear about is horrifying –  the cruel punches, brutal kicks, relentless beatings, unstoppable strangleholds, mental and verbal assaults … and more.


There must have been the screams of anguish, the pleas to stop, the indescribable pain, a welcomed unconsciousness, and then the stillness of the body and the ending of a life.


They were our own – Anak Bangsa Malaysia. They died in circumstances most questionable and from treatment most vile, in this country they called and we call ‘home’.


And because we looked away, the numbers grew.


Only we, through remembering, through vigilance, through outrage,  can do the very thing we failed to do before.


We must protect our own.

 


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As the sweltering heat of the day gave way to a gentle breeze, the faithful gathered by the river as many had done the previous year.


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