Saturday, November 15, 2008

Police Nab Paula @ Penang Candle Vigil!

The optimist may see a light where there is none...

... but why must the pessimist always run and blow it out?

Quote from René Descartes (1596-1650)

The Candlelight Vigil in Penang tonight was apparently a great success, despite the heavy police presence. After it was over and people were slowly dispersing, the emcee of the event, Ms Paula Khoo, was quietly arrested by six police officers shortly after she led the crowd with a rendition of Sing a Song of Freedom. She was taken to the Patani Road station where, even as I write, she is waiting to record her statement (see Anil Netto's blog for more details).

It seems the heavy-handed police action in Petaling Jaya last week brought on so much flak they have changed tactics. Now they're zooming in on the coordinator(s) in a desperate attempt to persuade the public to quit protesting against cruel laws, corruption, and a morally bankrupt BN administration.

I appreciate their treating Ms Khoo with a measure of courtesy (they allowed her to use her mobile and offered her a drink) - but I would appreciate it a lot more if the local CPOs could show some independent-mindedness and simply refuse to deploy valuable manpower and resources just to intimidate the rakyat. Be bold. Tell your IGP to balik kampung and take it easy before he has a fatal heart attack. If you get the sack, take a vacation. You'll get your job back plus a promotion when Pakatan Rakyat takes over the federal government. Very soon... sooner than you expect!
Paula Khoo had expressed to me her premonition of "trouble" and her understandable apprehension about coordinating the Saturday night Candlelight Vigil at the Esplanade. During the course of promoting the event and encouraging her friends to attend, she was further disheartened by the hesitation, uncertainty, and fearful vagueness so many displayed.

And yet she went ahead with it. Because she is a spiritually awakened soul and she knows that false piety and hypocrisy serves nobody, least of all, God. Paula is one brave and funky woman who walks her talk in faith. She has had her baptism of fire and is permanently free from the Matrix of Oppression artificially generated by demonically possessed souls to maintain their own power at the people's expense. Paula, I dub thee Queen of the Vampire Slayers! I assure you, all justice-loving, uncorrupted Malaysians will support you every way we can.


Anonymous said...

Antares, Can someone provide Paula legal help? she just called me from the police station.

Starmandala said...

Jeff Ooi was informed hours ago. If he can't rustle up some legal assistance for Paula, something is seriously wrong! At this moment she's still in the copshop, being GRILLED... they're cannibals, these Musa Hassan minions! I'm sure the law says you can maintain silence until you have legal counsel. Way out of line, a poor reflection on the character of the home minister - that's right, a Farquaard wannabe.

Fair said...

If they are harassed by way of dubious charges,please initiate a fund raising campaign to collect money from the public to help them fight in court.

Power to the people !

Starmandala said...


Donplaypuks® said...

I Police Raja now seems to be taking the stance that those with peace on their minds must apply for a permit. Though I doubt they will apply the same commendable standards should Mukhriz or KJ organize some protest.

And if we apply and thye don't appprove a permit, then what?

Anyway, I think all peace vigil organizers should call IRP's bluff and apply for the permit. Let's see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Antares, Miriam, DPP, wtf,

Thank you so much...esp for the calls, smses that gave me so much strength.

Without your support, I would have faltered but knowing you all have faith in me, gave me the strength to overcome whatever fears I had...

Thanks a lot....n know that I would not have made it without u guys!!!

lots of love and hugs

Starmandala said...

Paula, I'm annoyed your arrest was not headlined on Malaysiakini - perhaps because it happened on a Saturday night and they hadn't assigned anyone to cover the Penang vigil. But the blogosphere is acutely aware of what Musa Hassan is up to, in cahoots with Hamid Albar. Looks like the IGP has not heeded the warning from his own heart! His mind is so controlled by Umno's evil propaganda he himself has been ISA'ed by his own defective programming. People, these are the final days of Umno/BN misrule. Stand your ground and those anchored in truth will remain standing - while those who have invested in falsehood will be swept away. I PROMISE YOU THIS!

chapchai said...

There appears to be a paradox here. The Police arrest people for peaceful gatherings. Maybe they won't arrest if the gatherings were riotous? I personally think the wounded govt. is losing its head. But be careful, a wounded animal is a very dangerous one.

Unknown said...

As a Penangite myself, te state at the passive waves of ISA.They go 4 big bangs,then

Did they really want 2 Mansuhkan ISA,suspicious?They didn't as a captain to made this common project of all M'sians aim to the draconian law abolish?

They will show,when things go wrongs,like Paula Khoo is at Pattani Rd. copshop.

Come on,we need the unmasked heroes in Penang.U tink we r fool?Come tis
13Ge.Penangites will show u the report cards.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Thanks so much for the support, love, encouragement and write ups and the title of Queen of Vampire Slayers :).

The whole experience - before, during and after the arrest - has been a wonderful eye-opener into my own soul, that of others, that of the authorities and more importantly, a window to see what needs to be done in our country.

I await Nov 28th with mixed feelings and covet your prayers, support and energy.

May justice prevail.

Btw, Malaysiakini did cover the story...:)

Hugs and much love,

Starmandala said...

A bit late but better than never, Malaysiakini did report your arrest and it was headline news too... well, there goes your desire for anonymity right out the window... :-)