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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Walk For Justice

Selamat Datang ke Istana Keadilan.
(Is that what they call it? Palace Of Justice, right?)

A welcome from up high too.
What is she saying? Dei! Speak up da! It's hot standing here la.

This morning I joined fellow members of Allblogs and other friends in Putrajaya for a morning stroll in support of the Malaysian Bar Council's Walk For Justice. The latter were going to give a memo to the Cabinet calling for the setting up of a Royal Commission to investigate issues jeopardising the Judiciary which I presume was triggered by the broadcast of the now infamous Shock-a-Lingam video.

My friends and I arrived early. There were not many participants there yet. Turned out that the police had stopped the buses ferrying the walkers from Dataran Merdeka from driving up to the Palace Of Justice (POJ) which was the proposed starting point of the walk. Those who took the buses had to make the trek of almost 5 kilometers to the POJ. Each tired arrival was greeted by a roar of support from those lucky enough to have driven and let through the barricades. It was quite a sight actually to see all these legal beagles dressed up in black and white jackets and ties standing on the steps of the Palace Of Justice. There was much friendliness and smiles all round. Everyone was in good spirits. Enjoying a good morning out with friends and colleagues. The fact that there was a cause too seemed almost like a bonus. I overheard someone say that it is a momentous occasion because to get so many lawyers together was something very rare. And there was not a drop of alcohol in sight either! That's his joke ok?

We all looked like we were having a good morning tokkok session. Except for the garment (government) flers la. They took it very seriously. Or looked like it.

Soon after I arrived I saw a squad of Federal Reserve Unit men, all dressed up in full riot gear, march up the steps of the POL and position themselves across the main doors. As if to prevent anybody from entering the building at all. But I got in to use the toilet by walking in the side door and nobody stopped me. Maybe because I wasn't dressed in black and white and those FRU flers must have been given their scent way beforehand.

And then it got even more Hollywood-like. Across the road I could see what would have looked like SWAT snipers on the roof of the buildings. A noisy police helicopter buzzed the area. The red FRU water cannon trucks rumbled by and parked within sight of all concerned. And on the perimeter of the Palace Of Justice steps policemen, uniformed and plain-clothed walked about busily speaking unsmilingly into squawking walkie-talkies. I looked around. With everybody smiling, laughing, talking loudly, slapping backs it all looked like we were on a Hollywood film set.

All that hullabaloo for what was simply a group of peaceful, concerned Malaysians who wanted to tell their elected government, "Dei! Something is very wrong here la. So right the wrongs."

Anyway, what was supposed to start at 11 am finally got walking at past noon because of the delay of walkers who had to bus from KL. After a few short speeches through a rather inadequate loud-hailer we got going and walked towards the Prime Minister's office which was at the end of the promenade. Visible in the distance like some huge mausoleum for a terminally ill administration. We walked. Dark clouds covered up the dimming sun. By the time we covered the approximately 2 kilometers and arrived at the foot of the hill bearing the PM's office building I saw that the FRU had arrived first and had formed a menacing barrier, shields at the ready in front of the roads leading up to the building. It was clear that nobody was going to get to see what the PM's office looks like today. (I was told later that members of the committee of the Bar Council were allowed in to present their memo. As to who received it you will have to read somebody else's blog to find out. Anyway, Pak Lah, I understand, is in New York or somewhere far away from this irritation).

Then it started to rain. Heavily. There were hurried goodbyes. People dashed for whatever little cover the designers of Putrajaya planned for these eventualities. Those who had drivers whipped out mobile phones and were zipped away before the expensive suits became too soaked. Those less fortunate scurried into the covered driveway of the mosque nearby. And for once there was a very nice photo op of a truly united Malaysia. Malays, Chinese, Indians, lain-lain. All keeping dry in a mosque. Too bad rains stop.

As I drove my way home I passed a small group. Black and white. Wet. Banners outstretched. Defiantly in front of the bored looking FRU. Shouting slogans. Well, after all it was their do.

My friends and I drove to Country Heights for lunch.

A walk for justice? Emmm...it was a rather nice morning out with other Malaysians. And personally I don't know if it will serve justice, this walk. But it did show, I hope, that if enough of us cared about what happens to our country and show it, things will change. I mean, come on la, the taxi drivers, bus operators, garbage collectors all have learned to use this thing called People Power. How come so many others of us have not?

Niamah!!!

PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR GOVERNMENTS.
GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE AFRAID OF THEIR PEOPLE.
(V For Vendetta - Alan Moore)

34 comments:

SK said...

"I overheard someone say that it is a momentous occasion because to get so many lawyers together was something very rare. And there was not a drop of alcohol in sight either! That's his joke ok?"

That's a good one, Patrick..Glad you made it all the way to march with thousands of them!

patrickteoh said...

Well I guess all counted there were close to a thousand people there. That was the target number I believe.

shanghaistephen said...

and bro ..if only there was alchohol there would be 2000....mabuk and double vision lah !
Cheers bro and good to see you there looking like a stud !

patrickteoh said...

Thanks, Stephen but I think you meant STUB - vertically challenged blogger?

Anonymous said...

if i were there i will shout Niaaamaaaaaaaaaaaaa Pak Lah

zewt said...

good to know that there wasnt any unwanted incident.

blardy_cow said...

Hello Patrick,

Good job on joining the march, and telling us about it! And thanks for providing the links etc to youtube as well. Keep up the excellent job!

-Vino

Anonymous said...

They had a quorum for the walk? Amazing.

With all the police roadblocks, helicopters, barricades etc, it is no wonder we have a very frightened and uncaring government. They hide inside their buildings afraid to face the populace. Nobody's home.

Not worth very much are they?

Niiiiiiiaaaaaammmmmaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!

fiona said...

Abdullah Badawi is in New York City till the end of this week. I'm thinking of reminding our PM that he's got business to take care of at home by staking him out at his hotel or the UN, waving placards about the nation's judicial rot.

This is terribly short notice and I'm still trying to figure out the logistics but if you are in the NYC area, are interested and would like to help plan, please contact me via my blog or at fiona.lee@gmail.com

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

ok, i dont know shit abt whats the hoo-ha all about but should have asked uncle bernard to ask one michael soft for his signature at the palace of justice today...hahha..

Scott said...

Sorry to post an off-topic comment, but if you would kindly consider the following for reposting on your blog:

http://scottthong.wordpress.com/2007/09/26/spp-interview-expose-interview-with-the-very-condescending-bigshot-fatcat-rich-datuk/

If not, you may delete this comment. Sorry for the intrusion.

sasan said...

About time concern Malaysians harness People Power. Political apathy should be a thing of the past for modern Malaysians.

Otherwise, the dogs in UMNO will continue to rape this country to no end and their insatiable lust for power and corruption will still not be satisfied.

People Power!!

Elween said...
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another sohai said...

they are very sohai lah, assigned so many police forces trying to stop the march, waste time waste energy, waste tax payers' money.

they just have to add an "in" in front of the "justice", then no more palace of justice loh, then also no submission. and the march will looks like a full.....niamah, why they never thought of that.

Quah, Seng-Sun said...

Jeez...in the first place, the government cannot even differentiate what's peaceful and what's not. If a group of lawyers and their friends want to go see the Prime Minister to present a memorandum to him, why make it so difficult? If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to be afraid of.

WIELMAJA said...

On Thursday, June 28th 2007, Harry Young, together with white farmer-activists who drove a thousand miles from Michigan to Kentucky, participated in a historic march in front of the Federal Building in Kentucky to get back his land which the government had illegally sold. He wrote countless of letters to local papers but none got published. His battle is far from over.
The March for Justice by the members of the Bar Council joined by bloggers like yourself yesterday bore semblance to Harry's march; both set out to reclaim what was rightfully theirs: in the case of Harry, the claim of his land; for the lawyers and all Malaysians, our claim for a free and truly independent judiciary!
A big shout-out of "thank you" to you and all for the March!

zorro said...

Elween, yeah you look the type that would just sit blissful and let others do the needful. Typical of people who put a crown on their heads for cosmetic effects to distract from empty contents in cranium box. Yep, sit, vegetate and hopefully take root.

patrickteoh said...

Sorry Elween but I think you deserved that from zorro. But hopefully what you meant was that you didn't believe in the marches and not in participation in the causes. Apathy never got anything done for anybody, Elween. If you are old enough to vote I hope that you have registered to do so and will vote at the next General Elections. And vote with knowledgeable intelligence. If you not care about the country you live in what is it all about then?
Thanks Quah SS. You took the words right out of my mouth. Watching the proceedings yesterday I was thinking that if I was with the blaardy garment I would have handled it completely differently. I would cordon off the whole area, arranged comfortable seating, provided a PA system and refreshments. Give the 'protesters' a hour to speak their piece. Accept their memo. Say thank you have a nice day and 'assure' that we shall look into it and come back eventually. Thank you.
But this garment has always thought that intimidation is the better part of intelligence. Hence the FRU, choppers, water cannon etc. I am waiting for someone to issue a statement saying that the march was a threat to national security and will adversely affect the harmony of the races and that might recurrence of the dreaded May 13! Actually, I am quite sure it will happen. Wait for it. The statement I mean. What did you think I meant?
Hiyah sasan, People Power appears to be something that only tazi drivers, hawkers etc have learned to use effectively.

Dei kerp, if you don't know shit maybe it is time that you come out and smell the shit. Then you might change your mind about participating. Heheheheh...

Thanks Fiona. Please keep us informed of how your plan turns out. Email Fiona if you want to participate in her attempt to 'meet' Pak Lah in New York city. Email fiona.lee@gmail.com or visit her blog
Well, anonymous our politicians like all others are worth as much as WE want them to be worth. We create them, we can control them.If we care enough to.

hawaiichee said...

Actually 2 of the saddest news.

1. Nurin
2. 1/3 of Langkawi fishes dead and poisoned by a Malaysian.

How can there be murderers like that???!!!

1/3 of fishes of the 4000 number - can you imagine? And these are the main display of Langkawi Aquarium. I am so sad. I went to that Aquarium and the fishes swam there for 12 years. The Shark was 12 years old killed by a Malaysian.

We are losing our values.

1. When we get angry, we threaten others and frame one another of wrong doings. The news we read of corruptions are those framed for revealing discrepancies in the govt.

2. When we get threatened, we use C4 bombs from the government storage.

3. When we get angry, we poison fishes that have been brought all over the world.

What has become of us?

Money is our god.
Politics is our god.
We are power crazy.
We think that the short cut way is the way for Malaysians.
We think that we can get what we want, however we want it.

To solve problems, we murder.
To get what we want, we steal even if the baby is a sweetheart of another.
We resort to bribing and covering up.

But Allah S.W.T. knows and sees our heart. Hakim Yang Adil menghakimi semua.

Every action has a consequence.
What we sow, we will reap.
But, it will also cause others pain and misery.

Why? Why do it?

Just live an upright life and be patient.

Rezeki setimpal dengan usaha. Allah S.W.T. akan memberkati segala ketakwaan dan kesabaran kita. Lebih baik menanti nikmat Allah S.W.T. dari merebut dengan gelojoh tanpa memikirkan akibatnya atau hukuman yang menanti.

Marilah kita memilih makanan rohani dari makanan ego.

Kita boleh menggunakan segala peluang untuk menjadi hamba Allah S.W.T. Bersyukurlah nikmat Allah S.W.T. dan menjauhilah dari ego yang tak tentu hala.

Berikut kisah Rasulullah ketika Isra’

Rasulullah S.A.W. mengalami pembedahn dada/perut dilakukan oleh Malaikat Jibril. Hati Baginda S.A.W. dicuci dengan air zamzam, dibuang ketul hitam (’alaqah) iaitu tempat syaitan membisikkan waswasnya. Kemudian dituangkan hikmat, ilmu, dan iman ke dalam dada Rasulullah S.A.W. Selepas pembedahan, didatangkan binatang Buraq untuk ditunggangi oleh Rasulullah dalam perjalanan luar biasa yang dinamakan Isra’

Tiba di masjid al-Aqsha, Rasulullah turun dari buraq. Kemudian masuk ke dalam masjid dan mengimamkan sembahyang dua rakaat dengan segala anbia dan mursalin menjadi ma’mun.

Rasulullah SAW terasa dahaga, lalu dibawa Jibil dua jenis minuman - khamr (bahasa Arab yang bermaksud sesuatu yang memabukkan) dan susu. Lantas, Rasulullah memilih susu.

Jibril berkata,
"Benar, engkau telah memilih air susu adalah lambang kesucian dan seandainya engkau mengambil minuman keras nescaya akan tersesatlah engkau dan umat engkau."

Jika mengikut nafsu dan kebiasaan minuman jahiliah yang menonjolkan sifat kelelakian, mesti dipilih minuman keras. Tetapi, dipilih susu walaupun tidak mencerminkan tindakan agresif dan kelelakian. Memang tidak masuk akal, tapi ini juga pilihan yang akan diberkati Allah S.W.T.

Semoga kita memilih yang betul. Yang sudah memikirkan untuk memberi jawapan kesat atau jalan pintas, biarlah dipenuhi fikiran yang sempurna. Yang sudah mempunyai niat membabi buta, biarlah mengurung diri dan bersembahyang. Sembahyanglah sebelum disembahyangkan - sekarang lepas baca posting pun tidak terlambat. Masa akan menentukan apa yang bakal dianugerahkan kepada mereka yang sabar melaksanakan yang betul.

Anonymous said...

Migrate lah...

abcxyz said...

I just wanna say, I had a good marching with my fellow members of the Bar.. and all the pupil in chambers that had spend the time walking for justice.

It was a good peaceful march. I'm thankful nothing bad happened.

pah nur said...

Aiyoooo...this is what happen when one switches on to BBC news 24/7 and do not read the local newspapers. I've lost faith in finding good news in it.I'm sick of rethorics. Furthermore, that rm1.20, i could use to get into the KLCC jamban. Eh wait...cannot. It will cost me double the price now.
No news is good news they say. But sometimes you need the bad news to get into conversation with everyone at the kopitiam.
I've stoped talking about transpirancy. I've stopped talking about corruption. I've stopped talking RM3 karipap. I've stopped talking about Altantuya. Wasting my saliva only. Would rather us it to lick stamps instead.

But I've started doing something small to change the future. I'm bringing up my child and teach her good values. I'm making her decipher that you need to absorb into the system to change it. If 100 malaysian can manage to do that,imagine what our future malaysia may become.(Too bad I'm fast reaching the age where I finally get my head together, but seem to have my body insiduously falling apart. Otherwise, I'd produce more quality offsprings and take over the entire system.) I think I can die in peace,knowing i had the last laugh. Meanwhile, I'll rekindle my passion of bitching about the system to let go steam and reduce my blood pressure. I'll be hanging around here.

chef said...

The lawyers got the same 'welcoming team' as the batu buruk gathering where they also deployed the FRUs, cops...

Makes you wonder...

Anonymous said...

Hi Patrick,
You had a first hand account over there nobody can equal. But one factual error though. Two memos were submitted, not one - (1) a Royal commission to look into the controversial Video Clip and (1) set up a Judiciary Appointment Commission.
Did you notice what that cyber trooper "hawaichee" said? He was diverting attention to the Niamah Fu Lat issues at hand and goes on...
Don't trash it; let others know about his activity.

pah nur said...

Frankly, the only transparency we are going to get from this government is from the transparent clothing the Puteri Umno flers wear to match the yards and yards of fabric covering the head. Perhaps next national day, someone should suggest these ladies wear a special tudung and form sittings in such a way that if a video shoot is taken from above, it'll look like the malaysian flag forming ocean-like waves, waving back at us.

For those who are hoping for transpirancy to happen,well, there is no harm in anticipating something albeit it may seem as similar like the muslims waiting for the first sighting of the Fasting or Hari Raya anak bulan through the telescope invented before christ. Still, being a human being is about hoping. No harm in that.
In the mean time, we'll read our local papers, and master the art of reading between the lines.

pah nur said...

Frankly, the only transparency we are going to get from this government is from the transparent clothing the Puteri Umno flers wear to match the yards and yards of fabric covering the head. Perhaps next national day, someone should suggest these ladies wear a special tudung and form sittings in such a way that if a video shoot is taken from above, it'll look like the malaysian flag forming ocean-like waves, waving back at us.

For those who are hoping for transpirancy to happen,well, there is no harm in anticipating something albeit it may seem as similar like the muslims waiting for the first sighting of the Fasting or Hari Raya anak bulan through the telescope invented before christ. Still, being a human being is about hoping. No harm in that.
In the mean time, we'll read our local papers, and master the art of reading between the lines.

ISA said...

Wait a MINUTE..... hang on for a second - Pak Lah is in New York?

Didn't Raja Petra or someone reported that Pak Lah scurried off to Australia without telling anyone around June?

Because he was afraid the Council of Rulers would sack him! He even got Raja Petra and wife dragged off to the police station!

And now, with the Lingam tapes.. how CONVENIENT for him to be away in the US for a whole MONTH?

I'm not saying he is RUNNING away like last time, I'm just saying.. how terribly convenient for him to stay there for so long. Is the UN meeting for a whole month?

Antares said...

Excellent report, Pat - you managed to conjure the atmosphere with a sense of seriousness nicely blended with the absurd. Authoritarian regimes are witnessing their last days as the Kali yuga comes to a close and the descendants of Raksasas who seized control of this planet an aeon ago are unfortunately too dim to know when to let go and step aside... so the diehard ones will inevitably end up as roadkill, just like the Ceaucescus in Romania.

Serenity said...

To add to Alan Moore's quote, here is Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel's -
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest"

patrickteoh said...

It just occurred to me (DUH!) they actually named the building Palace Of Justice. In ENGLISH!!! Now I wonder who fucked up that time?

Anonymous said...

I dunno what you Malaysians are complaining about. All this fuss over something very small. Yep the Govt should get rid of Common Law and then it can do what it like. Yep, get rid of Common Law and we won't need any laws at all. No need to pretend. Govt bikin apa dia suka - just like now. But openly. Malaysia boleh, I say.

Malaysian said...

Patrick,

The trouble with Malaysian voter's is not many of them like you and me far sighted people who really know all the niamah stuffs about our government. In fact most bumi voters will vote present government anyway because most of the will graduate from Mara and becomes teachers of Mara and these leak filters goes on and on. I wonder wheter bumi's are still so naive and stupid being cheated by umno in the next election.
Why can't the grow up ?

Antares said...

patrickteoh said...

"It just occurred to me (DUH!) they actually named the building Palace Of Justice. In ENGLISH!!! Now I wonder who fucked up that time?"

It was no fuck-up, Patrick! Imagine the political consequences if those Umno flers had named the building ISTANA KEADILAN! Pretty much the same ticklish problem the Americans faced when they named their 2003 Bomb-Baghdad Campaign "Operation Iraqi Freedom" - it was originally called "Operation Iraqi Liberation" (which, for those a bit slow on the uptake, spells OIL ;-)...

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