Tuesday, November 13, 2007

10-Eleven: A Long Bletiaq

Nih, akak nak bletiaq emo yang paaaaaaaaanjang sket kali ni.

1.
Abang kata, dalam sejarah post-Anwar, ada 5 demo terbesar. Known as "Demo 20 Sept 98" (penyingkiran Anwar), "Demo 14 April", "Demo Arsenik", "Demo Kesas a.k.a 100,000 Rakyat"... and the fifth biggest, was last Saturday, "Demo BERSIH", which was a coalition to call for clean and fair elections with a memorandum to be handed over to the DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong.

And Abang, like his other activist comrades, was in all those huge rallies.

In demo BERSIH, Abang was one of the committee members, coordinating between gathering points.

I decided that it was best for me not to join Abang eventhough I was equally excited about expressing my rights as a voter. But since Abang was one of the committee members, Abang ada peluang akan kena tangkap. So, I decided that it's best to stand-by cara selamat dan sokong dari jauh. Aku tak nak nanti dah la Abang kena tangkap, aku pula nanti tah ke mana, buatkan family aku risau je.

Secondly, I didn't want Abang to get distracted in his work. Mana nak coordinate gatherings lagi, mana nak jaga aku lagi. In the event that he might need to run as fast as he could, I want him to be able to do that rather than being bogged down to ensure I'm equally safe.

Tapi hati isteri mana tak risau. Aku doa doa dan doa so that not only perjuangan ni diredhaiNya, tapi untuk Abang selamat pulang dan dengan perasaan yang puas sebab dapat sama-sama berjuang untuk hak rakyat.

Aku bangga dengan perjuangan Abang dan rakan-rakan Abang. Amat-amat bangga. Way beyond words. Sebab perjuangan ni bukan sahaja untuk seluruh rakyat, tapi untuk generasi akan datang. Untuk our future kids, my adik-adik's kids, your kids.

The night before, Abang dah pesan through mass-sms supaya attendees tak pakai baju kuning before reaching KL or even the gathering points. This was after receiving reports of blockades at all points leading to KL.

Even those yang guna baju hujan warna kuning pun kena tahan polis, disuruh buka baju hujan, dan patah balik!

Desperate tak desperate dan bodoh tak bodohnya pemerintah kita sekarang ni, kan.

That D-day, Abang bawa beg galas and packed his yellow tee, small towel and sebotol air, and asked me to send him to the bus-stand at the badminton stadium after getting infos about a lot of blockades done by the police either on the roads or even on the Star LRT and commuter.

Aku pula dah berjanji dengan Ahy nak pi beraya ke rumah Pak Chah&Induk Ros di Serdang and Cik Wan&Ayah Ki di Keramat since Raya pun dah nak habis.

After a while at about close to 12pm, Abang sms-ed, informing that he managed to get onto a bus that stopped at Masjid Jamek, which was supposed to be his meeting point. Alhamdulillah.

Abang cerita, dalam perjalanan nak masuk KL, jalan dah mula jam. Ada la dua makcik near the bus-driver dok keluh kesah sebab jam.

"Dengar-dengar ada demo haram, sebab tu jem ni...", one of the Makciks commented.

Tiba-tiba, bus-driver kat depan Makcik tu mencelah, "Diorang dah minta permit, tapi polis yang tak kasi... bukannya tak minta permit!" Terus dua makcik tu terdiam. Abang senyum je, bangga for the bus-driver's silent support.

At the stop near Masjid Jamek, Abang turun. Abang nampak orang raaaaaamai sangat, tapi tak de pun yang pakai baju kuning.

But when he came out of the mosque after changing into his yellow tee, tiba-tiba keliling Abang penuh dengan orang berbaju kuning! Terus terasa gelombang semangat perjuangan yang berkobar-kobar sebab happy sangat yang ramai orang turun, coz it means that orang ramai faham hak diorang sebagai rakyat... perlukan pilihanraya adil dan bersih!

Aku di kejauhan di rumah Pak Chah di Serdang masa tu, risau je. Dah la mendung semacam. Pak Chah yang suatu ketika dulunya memang kaki demo, macam gatal-gatal nak join tapi terasa macam kurang kudrat. Asyik la dia ber-sms dengan kawan-kawan dia yang berkumpul kat Plaza DBKL.

Dari rumah Pak Chah, aku and Ahy tuju rumah AyahKi&CikWan di Keramat at around 1.30pm.

On the way out of UPM Serdang, we had to go through one police checkpoint and saw the highway which was parallel to us jammed up to a standstill! Dari tol Sg.Besi jam till tol Kajang! I'd say that that's almost 5 kms of jam! Gila.

Di MRR, jam macam biasa je. So we reached Keramat uneventful. But AyahKi told us that he also almost joined his friends for the gathering, tapi bila dapat tahu yang aku and Ahy nak datang beraya, terpaksa lah dia batalkan.

By then Abang kata dia dah di Masjid Negara sebab crowd di Masjid Jamek dah ada orang lead and pantau, and when he went to check the crowd di CM pun dah ada orang lead and pantau. So dia terus join berkumpul berteduh di Masjid Negara since hujan turun dengan sangat lebatnya.

Hence, Abang wasn't where he was supposed to be, that was at the Masjid Jamek area, where the water-cannon and tear-gas fiasco happened, Alhamdulillah!

Abang sms lagi, "...orang ramai sangat, ada 40000 orang atas jalanraya menuju ke Istana Negara!"

Aku baca sms tu 2,3 kali nak pastikan '0' tu ada berapa... ada 3 ka, atau 4 ka. When I realised it was FORTY-THOUSAND, I was like, wow, Alhamdulillah! Pak Chah pula sms-ed that his friend from near the bangunan DBKL said there were prolly 50k people on the roads.

Oh Z@M, pastinya egomu berada di tapak kakimu masa tu for passing a remark ~ "Do you believe thousands of people will be coming for the rally? Don't be so silly as to be taken in by them. Even the Umno annual meeting could not gather such a number of people," prior to the gathering. Ha ha!

Boleh tak, dia nak samakan non-political gathering dengan political gathering macam perhimpunan UMNO tu??? hahahaha. Macam mana la orang bodoh macam ni Pak Lah boleh letak as Minister. In fact, sebenarnya ada so many minister bodoh lain at the helm of our administration. Yang bagus-bagus suma tak lama ada kat atas. Tak pun, tak jauh pergi. Takat-takat jadi Datuk Bandar untuk 2 tahun, atau jadi KSU je lah.

Alhamdulillah, by 5.30pm Abang called and asked me to pick him up at the Old Train Station. Aku happy sangat tengok Abang happy. Bersemangat Abang ceritakan keadaan masa demo.

Abang said, there were so ramai orang on the road towards the Istana Negara that no police, SB nor the FRU berani nak buat kacau. In fact, the water-spraying and tear-gas at the Masjid Jamek was a blessing in disguise. Ada juga kelebihannya anjing-anjing merah tu bodoh-bodoh belaka. Their stupidity had made the Masjid Jamek fiasco as a decoy and distraction to all other remaining groups that the huge 40k or so crowd that marched towards the Palace tak de kena kacau apa pun.

And subsequently the stupidity of the instruction that road blockades to be done all around the perimeter of KL, which had caused massive jam sampai ke Serdang nu, was also indeed a blessing in disguise. FRU back-ups couldn't reach the Palace on time. By the time the back-ups sampai, crowd dah pun dispersed, Abang kata sambil gelak-gelak.

Aku pula, tak putus-putus bersyukur Abang dan rakan-rakan semua selamat, Alhamdulillah.

2.
Malam lepas demo tu, Abang terus balik Cheras dan tidur awal while I joined Ahy, Celi, Umi and Ayah to beraya rumah kawan Ahy to meet up with the folks we've never met.

Oh, that was another story about ignorance, that mom to Ahy's friend. For someone who was doing very very well, educated and cultured (or so it seemed on the surface), I was a lil bit disturbed that she was pretty much... ignorant, and bodoh, of all the happenings in the current administration. Kesian.

When we reached their house and Aunty found out that Abang could not make it coz dah tidur awal sebab penat keluar demo waktu siangnya, imagine our surprise (Umi, Ayah, and especially Moi) when she smirked at me and said, "Ya Allah... kenapaaaaa la buat benda yang tak berfaedah macam tu? Pergi susah-payahkan diri berdemo, buat apa??" And then she turned to Umi Ayah as if tak percaya yang Umi Ayah actually allowed the menantu to keluar "buat benda tak berfaedah".

When I said, "Itu passion dia, Aunty. Itu perjuangan dia. Lagipun, dia part of the AJK Demo, sebab tu lah letih sket,", makin menjadi-jadi smirk dia with "ish ish, tak faham kenapa susahkan diri macam tu, hehehehehe". Umi Ayah diam je, malas nak cucuh api lagi. Timing tak perfect lagi for them to defend me, I guess.

Then, masa kat meja makan, Aunty terlepas cerita how Uncle has this one cousin yang "suka lawan-lawan cakap kita. Suka sangat caci maki kerajaan, padahal makan duit kerajaan tu!" while looking at me seolah terlupa yang laki aku ni pejuang reformasi. Aku terus gelak-gelak and touched her hand and announced to the world, "Aunty, Aunty don't need to tell me all these ok, coz my husband sendiri pun cacimaki Parti Pemerintah, and I am on his side!" and she terus tutup mulut dengan tangan and said sorry sambil gelak-gelak.

Nah, then the 'education' started! Almost the entire night, she was educated by us all, including by her own husband, of the wrongdoings and complacencies of the Parti Pemerintah! Hahahaha. I suppose, having left work for more than 2 decades now, she had believed the medias entirely more than she should have been. Oh how she was blinded by it all. Like as if she was trapped in a time-warp or something! Kesian.

I hope my parents and I had made her think deep and hard after that dinner.

3.
Aku datang kerja hari ni and overheard ada yang complained about the traffic standstill on Saturday, that they have wasted some huge amount of time on the road.

I want to presume that my officemates were complaining about the blockades, and not the gathering, that resulted the massive traffic jam city-wide.

I want to presume that my officemates (and you readers) realise and at full knowledge that, say, if our pemerintah tak takut of the gathering, they would not instruct the police to hold the blockades and checkpoints eversince two days prior to the gathering.

They would not instruct to allow only one tollgate to open at each toll-points, just to vet every vehicle coming into KL.

They would just let those buses from Johor, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan and Terengganu in.

They would allow the Star LRT to stop at Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya.

They would not direct the commuter trains to not stop anywhere before Kepong.

In short, the police and high administrators could just let us go on with our everyday lives that day without disrupting anything, and provide us with the security protection that what you tax-payers are paying them for... instead of turning their backs against you.

Betul?

On that day, Depan Palace aje dah ada 40,000plus people. Yang kena sembur di Masjid Jamek prolly ada close to 10,000.

Yang atas bas-bas & kereta-kereta & motor-motor yang ditahan atau yang terkandas, tah berapa ribu lagi.

Aku rasa, kalau tak ada blockades hari tu, boleh tercapai sasaran Perhimpunan Aman 100,000 Rakyat.

In fact, since it's Perhimpunan Rakyat, adalah sepatutnya para MP encourage their constituencies to join the rally for a fair and just elections. Ini tidak. Takut. Macamlah rezki tu terletak dalam tangan pemerintah dan bukan di tangan Tuhan. Jawablah masing-masing dalam kubur esok.

And I hope those yang terasa macam telah menghabiskan masa muda, stuck dalam traffic on that Saturday tak akan berfikir yang those thousands of demonstrators macam ada banyak sangat masa seolah-olah macam tak ada anak bini, tak da kerja, tak de sedara-mara or rakan-taulan yang buat kenduri-kendara or open house hari tu, tak sama-sama bayar cukai, tak da bisness juta-juta dan tak da hidup worth living.

Coz those tens of thousands of demonstrators were actually fighting for you and your kids and family, with their time at their own dispense.

4.
Ingat tak lagi perhimpunan bantahan kunjungan US Secretary kat KLCC dulu, done by Ameno, led by K(e)J(i)? I remembered how that perhimpunan was so kurang ajar and provocative, as he would've always been. Aku tengok dalam TV pun aku malu nak ngaku aku ni rakyat M'sia. Tapi, mahu pula polis luluskan permit untuk orang-orang keji macam tu.

Kat sini, aku ni memberi buah fikiran bukan atas kapasiti sebagai seorang isteri pejuang reformasi, tapi sebagai seorang rakyat yang sama-sama membina negara, sama-sama memilih untuk diperintah secara berwibawa & saksama, sama-sama bayar cukai in hopes that you could reap the benefits that can equally benefit other people.

Aku tahu keupayaan aku untuk cha-alip-bot and lari dari negara ni and kerja overseas like how my other mates are doing now. Besides, Abang could've make more money being a political cartoonist overseas.

Tapi bak kata Abang dulu bila aku pernah ajak Abang ikut jejak kawan-kawan kami yang kerja di luar negara: Macam mana Abang nak physically berjuang untuk negara kalau duduk jauh sangat.

Kalau hangpa semua ada akai boleh pikiaq, fikir lah mana logiknya benda-benda ni semua. Dan kalau hangpa semua duk diam peluk tubuh rasa selamat ... samalah hangpa semua duk bersubahat dengan pemerintah yang kejam, sebenarnya. Tak pa lah kalau tak buleh nak support secara dekat dan secara fizikal pun. Support cara jauh pun dah memadai. Doa pun dah cukup mustajab dari segalanya. Supaya negara kita would be a better place for our next generation, tak kira bangsa, tak kira agama.

Also, bila aku tengok gambar ni dari entry di blog Haris Ibrahim (who aptly coined the term "10-Eleven" for the rally! Coolness!), aku jadi malu sebab dia yang tolong juangkan untuk hak aku. Korang pun sikit sebanyak patut rasa malu juga.

Terima kasih, Amri dari Shah Alam! You certainly are the epitome of Perjuangan!

5.
Baca sendiri lah macam mana the authorities bekerja keras untuk confusekan demonstrators, here at Tian's blog. Menarik gila. Shows how desperate the Parti Pemerintah was.

And really good reading on the BERSIH rally from Jeff Ooi, here and here. And of course from Tian himself as the commander of the whole batallion, here. And this, Nat's clever photo-entry..."these pics speak well more than 4,000 words.", since it was reported on the local medias that there were only 4,000 demonstrators, Hehe.

Tapi, LAGI BEST if you baca sendiri pengalaman (+ really good snaps of the rally) from a couple of photojournalist bebas who were out in the field just to exercise their talent and passion, Amir, Jinggo and SueAnn.

And of course, it goes without saying... harus singgah di Pak Anwar's and see his side of story. Here and here, video perhimpunan bersih oleh BBC & CNN dan oleh Malaysiakini, and interview by Al-Jazeera that was aired the same day of the rally until the wee hours of the morning.

Rasa bangga that the perhimpunan rakyat ni has brought everyone together... tak mengira bangsa, agama, kedudukan dan pangkat. I managed to read too how the Unit Amal PAS (in maroon t-shirts that you see a lot in the rally photos) who acted as marshalls and bekerja penuh disiplin dan berdedikasi to protect and discipline the demonstators, and how the lawyers from the Badan Peguam semua stand-by to help those yang ditangkap by the authorities.

6.
Lagi satu.

Actuallynya, antara kawan-kawan dan relatives aku, aku dah lama pendam benda ni:

Please, PLEASE do not pass racist remarks about other races infront of me and especially Abang.

Please do not forward us emails about what other races think about the Malays, because anger and bitterness would not arise from them out of nothing. Kita ni sendiri kena cermin diri kita kenapa orang lain dok marah sangat ke kita.

Please, PLEASE do not pass labels such as keli*g or n*gro infront of me for immediately I would look at you with lesser respect.

Not only it's so un-Islamic to be doing so to other races, it doesn't portray you as a citizen yang nak hidup aman damai bawah satu bumbung.

Walaupun aku sangat-sangat bangga jadi orang Melayu dengan segala adat-resam, culture dan tatasusila Melayu, but, what is so superior about being just us living in the country???

Kalau the whites being racists to the blacks in the U.S, kita dan satu dunia akan cacimaki. Tapi kita sendiri???

7.
Maka, dengan itu, sekian sahaja leteran dari akak.

Yang buruk itu datang dari akak. Yang memberi hidayah dan petunjuk, hanya Allah s.w.t semata-mata. Allahu a'lam.

f~

14 comments:

Concerned Malaysian said...

Akak,

TQ for your posting. I regret not being able to make it for the rally as I had urgent matters to attend to.

However the videos, photos, articles and blogs like yours more than suffice though to be there is the epitome of it all.

I read your article with a sense of pride and belonging. I have goosebumps over my hands and my eyes are tearing, reading the actions of so many concerned and dedicated patriots of this nation.

Though we may be of different race and religion, or maybe of different politcal persuasions, we stand together in this to demand a just and free Malaysia. For all, regardless of race, creed nor gender. For us, for our children and our grandchildren.

God bless Malaysia!

F.. manchester said...

You go girl!...

For a fair and just government, there must be 'check and balance' from a strong oposition. I think our current goverment needs to be reminded of whom they are serving and as Ghandi once said, poeple should not fear their govenrment, its their governments who should fear the poeple.

But sadly there are a lot of naive people out there, don't be suprised that a big chunk are mostly well-to-do and educated people who live in La La land and turn a blind eye in fear of loosing their own comforts and selfish needs...

Terus berjuang.

fiq said...

remember, remember 10th november. =}

Atok said...

cemerlang semua rakyat msia di 10-11 march, well done! kami yg jauh ni hanya boleh sokong dgn mini-gathering shj, alhamdulillah lah juga.

goboklama said...

too bad I was in BP then,kalu tak musti dah join!

Roti Kacang Merah said...

concerned malaysian
like i said, tak hadir physically tapi doa sama-sama dari kejauhan pun, dah memadai...!

And yes, God bless Malaysia!!!

kak ilush
you know what, sometimes i keep thinking, the administrators can't be that stupid, can they? like, not realising that they owe a lot of things to the common countrymen!

imagine kalau one day semua orang mogok tak bayar cukai... tempang terus depa!

Roti Kacang Merah said...

fiq
sementara tak masuk lagi keja di tempat Mak, bila-bila dapat join, join le ;-)

atok
solidarity tu dah tersangat lebih bagus than not acknowledging at all! ;-) thanks for the support secara kejauhan!

Roti Kacang Merah said...

Qisst
tak pe... jauh ke, dekat ke, tu fizikal je. tapi kalau hati&fikiran ikut sama berjuang, dah kira cukup bagus dah tu, w'pun hanya silent protest!

cikta said...

Very well said!!! Bravo......
Bangga cheq dapat kawan macam ni. BANGGA.

Roti Kacang Merah said...

cikta
ish, cheq pun bangggaaaa kalau ada kawan baek bangga dengan cheq!

tenchew! tenchew!

F.. manchester said...

Its not stupidity nor ignorance that our leaders suffer from... its pure unadulterated GREED.

If you hear what they are preaching, its as if they trully beleive that the goverment's money is their own private bank account and we as the people are mere beggers/servents. If we go against them, then we become 'ungreatfull'. Its mindboggling really how 'lost' their ideals have bocome when greed comes to play.

Remember when my hubby was caught during Anwar's verdict? I was lectured by pro-government saudara mara (I had an uncle who was a minister then)and family friends, it was scary how many claim my husband (then friend)was an ungreatful graduate fool!

May we continue our fight and pray for change.

Roti Kacang Merah said...

kak ilush
ish, awat masa kita hang-out together, you never share with me these thots of yours, ah?*grins*

u know, if them administrators know how they're losing so many really good professionals like u&shiddin, they'll CRY!

elisataufik said...

kak lin,

alamak.. I am so malu to have been so engrossed in drama korea while all this is going on in my own country..
Kita doa dari jauh aje lah ya?

sebak lak tengok gambar2 gathering ni.

Roti Kacang Merah said...

elisa
doa pun dah kira grrreat dah tu...! pastu, apart from Elisa Spreads The Jam, boleh la tolong sekali spread the word around regarding this, kan??? *grins*

eh lama lah tak nampak awak.... :-)

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