Archive for November 15th, 2008

Running for freedom

The DAP kicked off its anti-ISA marathon this morning to raise public awareness about unjust laws such as the ISA that ought to be repealed. This appears to be a creative endeavour on the part of the organiser in raising consciousness, apart from the candlelight vigils that had been held the last few months.

Incidentally, there was one candlelight vigil tonight in George Town, Penang. Blogger Anil Netto reported that singer-guitarist Paula Khoo was apparently detained by police at the end of the vigil.

These various efforts that had been made by civil society groups are also in part the result of the predictable hesitancy of a large section of the mainstream media to ‘educate’ the public about the ISA and other repressive laws.

For ‘special effects’, I play you a 1973 number by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and Wings, ‘Band on the Run’.

Below is an extract from a Malaysiakini report about the event today.

350km ‘freedom run’ kicks off
Andrew Ong | Nov 15, 08 1:34pm
DAP’s anti-ISA marathon began its 350km journey to the Kamunting Detention Camp in Pandamaran, Selangor, this morning with several party personalities kicking the event off.
Party vice-chairperson and former Internal Security Act detainee Tan Kok Wai flagged off the low-key event at the Pandamaran new village at 8.15am with a short speech.dap freedom run 151108 flag offHe said the event was meant to express the public’s disappointment with the continued use of unjust and repressive laws such as the ISA.”We call upon the government to immediately and unconditionally release all detainees held under the ISA,” he told a crowd of about 50 party supporters.Tan said the purpose of the event, dubbed the ‘freedom run’, was also to call for a lift of the ban on the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), adding that it symbolises equality, freedom and a call to all Malaysians to unite in order to “move forward”.The DAP event was given a boost with the presence of popular blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin and his wife Marina Lee Abdullah. Raja Petra has been detained twice under the ISA.

The wife of Hindraf legal advisor V Ganabatirau, V Buvaneswary, was also present during the flag off. Ganabatirau and four other Hindraf leaders have been in detention in Kamunting since Dec 13 last year.