Anne Ooi, 65 year-old, from Setapak, took a bus ride down to Kuala Lumpur, ALONE, in support of the rally. She was stopped 4 times, being asked her identity card, and questioned by the police on why she’s wearing yellow. “Why can’t I wear yellow?”, was her reply. She didn’t know what time the rally was scheduled to start, she didn’t know where, she had no one with her. All she knew was to get down to Kuala Lumpur, and stand for what she believes in.
The first thing she asked when she sat on our table was, “What are you guys doing here?”
Anne thought English in government schools for about 35 years but her passion is really singing and dancing, and what she values most in her life now is freedom.
Anne had rallied in Bersih 2007. She was disappointed as to why no one else was wearing yellow that day. “We said chill lah.. thats cuz if we do, we’d be stopped by the cops even before we get the chance to enter Kuala Lumpur. Its so sad.. its so sad that the police are treating our Rakyat (citizens) like these.”
When you come to rallies, there’s a spirit of unity. Something I cannot describe when everyone is united for a cause. You dont even get this sort of unity in church!
She left me with a question that still resides in my heart. Now may I impose on you to think about it.
“Why do we have to feel so scared (and threatened) in our own home land.. and by own countrymen?
Unity in spirit, strength in numbers. Imagine Malaysia in our fullest potential only if we stand together as one.
Sourced from BERSIH 2.o facebook
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