Reason why Teresa Kok is detained (Malaysiakini), what her mom said and another candlelight vigil for the abolishment of ISA
Posted on September 15th, 2008 by Lilian • Filed under: politics
According to Malaysiakini, Teresa Kok is probably going to be detained for a month. And this is the reason given by the police :
He said these brought about a state of racial unrest and religious tension in the country.
“After carefully assessing the situation, the police had no choice but to act swiftly to prevent the situation from getting out of control,” he added.
I know my older brothers are going to ‘tsk, tsk, tsk….shhh…can tone down? You are not afraid?’ when I touched on the ISA. I would. In fact, I didn’t write much about RPK or Tan Hoon Cheng.
But for Teresa Kok, it is a different matter altogether. Why? Because her case is a total injustice. I followed what happened from the beginning. It is very unfair and hence, I will be mute if I don’t say a thing. It was Khir Toyo who started it. I saw with my own eyes the banner used by UMNO members at the Ahmad Ismail’s case during the UMNO MT meeting. It was a banner with very provoking words. Then, Utusan Malaysia confused the people.
Tonight, we have a very moving mass and candlelight vigil. When I see Teresa Kok, RPK and the Hindraf 5 photos, I am choked with emotions. If you read what Teresa’s mom said about her daughter, I know you would too.
being detained in a cage like a dog. They locked her up once she walked into that room which is only 6? x 8?. She is not allowed to read newspaper or any other reading material. She lost all her freedom!
“I feel so sad. Yes they gave her three meals a day, but the food is bad! She had diarrhea this morning and her blood pressure plunged!
Father Fabian reminded us that we must sustain this (mine) enthusiasm in fighting this injustice. And whatever that we cannot handle, lift it to God.
He asked us to pray that these recent arrests are not in vain and we should pray that it becomes the death knell of the ISA.
At that moment, the church bell chimes (it chimes hourly) and Father Fabian observed a moment of silence to let the bell chimes. There was complete silence in our cathedral for more than a minute and that kind of silence can be extremely powerful and unnerving.
Father Fabian then asked each of us, by that he means all humans and not only Catholics to stand up and do what we can to end this aberration of justice.
When I see the faces of Uthayakumar, I remembered the post I made about his mother pleading from Pak Lah for his release. Then, I remembered what Lim Guan Eng joked about his ISA stay. What about Lim Kit Siang’s recollection of Lim Guan Eng’s absence?
Sometimes, it is very easy for us to brush aside the three alphabets, I S A and think it is something that happens to others. We may forget that it was because of us (you and I) that they get themselves into these hardships. It is for the betterment of our country and our kids’ future and also for peace and justice that they got themselves into the cement floor as bed, stones and sands in foods and God knows what hardship.
(note that I have added my own descriptions and not all are Father Fabian’s homily as I tend to develop things in my mind when I listen)
Lest you think that we are in church to do church-ie stuffs, we are not. Father Fabian challenged us if we are practising Christianity or Churchianity? Are we doing all the external pom and grandeur to glorify ourselves, how holy-moly we are and how ‘caring and kind’. Father Fabian said that these are not the meaning of being Christians. He said we strive to follow the teachings of Jesus.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
I am glad that I am a blogger and has the ability to jot and note down things that I have read and found on the internet. With all these information, Teresa Kok and all the other ISA detainees are not just mere names but a cause. It is a cross that we must shoulder together.
You may also think, what can one voice does? Father Fabian has a beautiful story to share to illustrate how even one single, weightless snowflake can break a tree branch. When we add up each of our voices, it will become loud enough to change things.
We just need to have faith. Have faith like how Anwar urges supporters. You can find the latest news on Malaysiakini.
In conclusion, yes, I memang ganas in my views. (a few of my church members now know I am ‘that blogger’ 😛 ) But if I am not vocal and loud enough, will the people hear it?
Another candlelight vigil tomorrow – DAP Bukit Bendera is organising one at Gurney Drive near the roundabout at 9pm. Be there at 8.30 pm and candles will be provided. (please reconfirm with DAP as I got this from trusted SMS sources). Anyway….what’s wrong with going to Gurney Drive for a drive and view of mud, right? Be there! I have bought a ISA t-shirt! Woohoo.