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Written by straits-mongrel   
Monday, 19 July 2010 01:47

1805bWe still do not know.

Your soul slipped away; your body unable, broken beyond repair.

Behind the opaque walls of law and order, you died.

Mati. Of the many truths, that is truest.

The rest we may never know.



They said you were a thief, a robber, a druggie, or had something to hide.

Said you jumped off a building, ODed, or fought to get out.

Said you were wrong.

Is that true, my friend? Is that true?

Were you wrong or were you wronged?


We do not know you.

How you lived, your wife, your kids, your mum.

But we remember you

if that makes any sense in this sometimes senseless world.

Can you see those prayers? They're cutting contrails in our hearts.


Here's a flower to your name, nameless one.

From one human being to another.

That by remembering, you gain that measure of dignity.

Even if your country's institutions saw it less fit to do so.



It will all change, you know.

It will.

As real as the petals that flowed down the river,

and the glow of the candle's flame,

It will.


Pictures / Robert Foo


Malaysiakini's video of the memorial by the river.

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shaks  - One more river to cross! |2010-07-19 12:26:21
Nice analogy of the living waters of a river, to keep alive the memory of the 1805 deaths...that of TBH and those who were literally 'put away' while in custody

We ought not to let the current sweep away... our quest to uncover the truth behind these still to be discovered, so called mysterious deaths.

The river does not give up its resolve to flow into the waters of a wider ocean, so shall we not rest in peace, till we know the true story behind these events.

For men may come and men may go, but the truth lives on forever.

Robert Foo, a great and skilful camera story!...thank you!

j.vong |2010-07-19 13:51:16
May their souls rest in peace for all that they have suffered justly or unjustly in the hands of those who meted out judgement without any conscience. May their loved ones find comfort and peace despite their greater feeling of injustice and loss. A quiet prayer for them all and the Lord will ultimately be the Judge. Halleluia !
Anonymous |2010-07-23 00:44:23
1805 ---whos next, you the next victim? My hats off to all of you,who had braved the tyrants!
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