Sunday Vigil for Nat Tan July 15, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
The 2-hour vigil outside the IPD Dang Wangi where Nat is being held, began at 8 pm, and saw more than a hundred people attending! Wow – considering most of us only received the notice just before 3 pm. There were also quite a contingent of media folks who turned up, even though the press alert only went out around 5 pm.
Nat’s sis, blogged live from the site.
My task was to bring the megaphone and take some pics, but ended up an accidental MC :-0 (Anyone with pics on your blogs, please leave your link in the comment box). Very sorry if I fluffed up at anytime – it was my first time doing it lar!
Lots of speeches (in all languages), almost all the speakers were still shocked that Nat, this wonderful mild-mannered guy, could be arrested.
We interpersed the speeches with chants of “Free Nat Now!”, “Bebaskan Nat!”, and beautiful songs and hymns led by Aloysius (I nearly pengsan when I heard him sing – so good and we never knew!) and Nat’s church members. Poet and performance artist Rahmat Haron sang a rousing “Bebaskan Nathaniel Bebaskan” for him.
Nat’s collegues were there in full force. Nik Nazmi, Sim, Hilmi, Shikin, Remy, AliCendawan and Faisal (who did a solo sit-in with candles…? Too deep lar!)
Bloggers who came were NAB/All-Blogs (Rocky, Nuraini, Tony, Zorro, DanseM), Posterboy Mob, Madruid, Arif, Black, JerryWho, Smoothriver, Youzi, Astrogirl etc.
Special thanks to Nat’s family friends and church folks who came along and livened the atmosphere with lots of candles and their wonderful voices, ACTS, writer Brian Yap, writer Oon Yeoh, film-maker Martyn See who just arrived from Singapore, Geng Gasing Indah, Suaram’s Yap, Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall’s Jian Ming, ex-MP James Wong, DAP’s Tony Pua and Chin Tong, DEMA students, Food-not-Bombs chaps, KeADILan’s Youth Wing, William Leong, the party’s Treasurer-General who also brought along his son, Mr. Hee the vice-chief of Selangor and KeADILan Supreme Council members Ang and Mike.
A few media studies lecturers were there too, from New Era College, (Dr) Chin Huat and lawyer Surendran. Nat’s family were there in full force, together with Li Tsin.
Naturally I missed out two-thirds of people present – awfully sorry – was too stressed out, running back and forth trying to keep a programme going for two full hours! I would also like to apologize for not having an opportunity to catch up and chat more. (Am also quite blind at night…)
But thanks so much for coming out on a cool Sunday night in solidarity with Nat and his family. This is by far the best vigil I’d attended outside IPD Dang Wangi!🙂
If Nat isn’t out on Monday, the vigil will continue – same time, same place.
Cheryl, with her beautiful voice, sang a version of the song below for her big brother.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Nat. Hope you heard us loud and clear tonight!