Nat Tan: 2nd Vigil Monday night July 16, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.
Saya berasa semangat and menguatkan azam untuk menegakkan keadilan untuk semua. I’ve been teaching the inmates how to sing reformasi songs. If they think they can get to PKR or activists by bullying a skinny young fella, mereka sudah salah anggap. Saya amat berterima kasih kepada keluarga yang dikasihi, Li Tsin yang disayangi, rakan-rakan aktivis dan rakan-rakan di Malaysia dan di luar negara. (Source)
Li Tsin was to read the message from Nat at the vigil.
But during the family’s meeting with the police and Nat, the police ‘advised’ the family to cancel tonight’s vigil. I found out too late, Geng Gasing Indah was already rockin’ and ready to rumble.
By the time we reached Jalan Stadium, it was raining cats, dogs, elephants and iguanas. We decided to sit in the car while trying to contain Ginie‘s zeal to dash off and be pelted by heaven’s tears.
It eased up by about 9 pm. We joined everyone along the darkened street. The streetlights apparently ‘died’. But once candles were passed around, a soft glow enveloped us, lighting ‘faces’ of Nat, in full colour and black and white posters.
Definitely more people tonight, in spite of the rain, and definitely more media, including the international ones.
Those who came in solidarity included Nat’s boss – Anwar Ibrahim (and he looks as if he’s saying, release Nat – banyak kerja di office lo!) and Nat’s office-mates, William Leong, Tian Chua, Tony Pua, Ronnie Liu, Dr. Hatta Ramli, writer Hisham Rais, Nat’s tech-kaki, Bob Kee, ex-MP James Wong, Wai Fong from Centre for Independent Journalism, cartoonist Zunar, novelist Beth Yahp and Malaysiakini columnist Dean Johns, Shin from UPP/IKD, Yee Ling from Youth4Change, students from DEMA and the President of the Malaysian Trade Union Congress, Syed Shahir.
(Again – I know I’ve missed out practically everyone else – it was v. dark!)
This time, we had a super-megaphone 10x the size and volume compared to the one we had last night – so definitely Nat heard us, and especially Aloysius, who solo-ed a few songs and hymns.
Instead of another speech, I sang (!?) and gave updates, that folks abroad and international NGOs are now campaigning for Nat – including Nat’s mates Edmund Bon and Cheah Kah Peng, who are reading their LLM (Human Rights) at Oxford this summer; the World Organisation Against Torture and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA).
The latter released an alert earlier in the evening which says,
“(T)he arrest may be symptomatic of an emerging clampdown on online expression in Malaysia. This year alone, two bloggers and one news site are being sued for defamation and a task force has been set up to look at how existing laws can be used to circumvent Malaysia’s Bill of Guarantee against Internet censorship.” (Source)
Just before we ended the vigil, Nat’s parents dropped by and thanked everyone for coming.
Tomorrow (Tuesday), Nat’s remand will technically end at around 3 pm.
Nat’s lawyers, Latheefa Koya and Amer Hamzah Arshad, have filed a revision of the earlier remand order, but no schedule has been set for that hearing; they will still pursue the matter tomorrow afternoon.
While there’s talk of him being released, the flipside is an application by the police to extend the remand.
Here’s hoping tonight’s the last for Nat in the lockup. Otherwise Li Tsin will go Arnie, like in Terminator!
“….gonna make this issue so big, Pak Lah would wish he did not put Johari Baharum in his cabinet. This is not a threat. This is a promise,” roared Politikus.
Free Nat! (Otherwise there will be more Malam Malaysian Idol/Karaoke … help!)
(Please check Cheryl Tan’s blog for live updates on Tuesday! This young woman should be the role model for Suaram’s Documentation and Monitoring Department)
(Earlier) Second vigil for Nat on Monday night.
Date: 16 July 2007, Monday
Time: 8.30 pm
Venue: IPD Dang Wangi, Jalan Stadium (near Merdeka Stadium)
Please forward via emails and SMSs. Please bring more candles, banners, songs, poetry etc. Let’s make this bigger and better than Sunday night 🙂