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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Spirit.

When tens of police officers tell you they're having a police 'function' at Dataran Merdeka and that it is closed, in your my mind you tell them, "Yeah sure, don't give me that crap."

When a police officer ridiculously tells you to blow out a candle in five seconds, in your mind you tell him to fuck off.

When 2,000 people march on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the police are dumbstruck.

The atmosphere along Jalan Tun Perak last night was amazing, with everyone holding up their candles high, chanting non-stop "Mansuhkan ISA", "Bebaskan RPK" and "Hindraf Valga". There was clearly nothing the police could do, despite us all completely blocking traffic on one side of the road. On the other side, there were cars passing by, honking away in support.

We were there for a cause.

We were there for justice.

Even if our attempts and actions were to no avail, at least we were there to let the government know that the people are no longer the people who we used to be.

And they better start thinking twice before putting people in the lockup.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Perched.

Sept 16.

A relatively uneventful day. Well, relative to what most people were anticipating.

As I expected, there was no change of government on that day, Malaysia Day. However, on the eve of the 16th, Anwar Ibrahim told the massive rally at Kelana Jaya stadium that Pakatan Rakyat were ready to form the government, as they had enough crossovers from BN. The atmosphere was frenetic.

Now, Anwar may not be perfect, and I can understand why some people don't trust him. I mean, don't you think it's pretty vague when he says they have the numbers, when he doesn't mention who and from which parties of the coalition they are from?

In actual fact, it's a good thing Anwar did not reveal the names to the general public. After all, if he did, it would possibly cause the MPs to get harassed by BN to assure that they don't crossover to Pakatan, and maybe the usual under-the-table money payment will come into play as usual.

Then again, some people would wonder, did Anwar buy the MPs over? In the past, he did have a reputation of being corrupt as well. He has supposedly changed, but one can never be too sure. However, with the presence of the other two parties in the Pakatan coalition, DAP and PAS, such an act is most likely not conducted, in order to get the numbers.

And there was Zaid Ibrahim, who rightfully resigned as the de facto law minister after protesting against the arrests of Raja Petra, Teresa Kok and Tan Hoon Cheng under the ISA. Since then, Teresa Kok and Tan have been released, with Raja Petra still detained. SAPP also pulled out from BN, leaving Anwar with only 30 BN MPs to agree to crossover.

To be fair, Anwar can't really do much to force the change of government. In fact, he doesn't want to. On Malaysia Day, it was declared that he had sent a letter to the PM to seek an emergency meeting. Obviously, Abdullah did not agree. A few days later, Anwar came out and called for an emergency Parliament sitting, to vote for no-confidence against Abdullah and BN. Again, as expected, Abdullah gave a no.

So what now, then? Will Pakatan ever get to rule the government? Or is all hope going to just vanish into thin air? If that happens, we're screwed. Looks like Anwar may well have to go to the King, and hopefully the King will think rationally and make the right decision.

I've heard stories of Anwar and how power crazy he was in the past. To this day, there are people who still think he is, and to a certain extent, it's true. But guess what?

He's the next best, only thing.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Unstable.

If the act of reporting a racist remark stated by an Umno leader is deemed a crime, then what does the act of the Umno leader himself become? This has been the question going around since yesterday evening, when Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was detained under the ISA.

Along with Tan, Malaysia Today blogger Raja Petra and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok were taken in. But the major talking point has been about Tan.

The laughable thing is when Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar declared that Tan was detained under the ISA 'for her own safety'. Yeah right, bullshit. He said this today, probably after realising the government had made a mistake in detaining Tan. Well, it doesn't take a fool to see through you, mister.

In the first place, it doesn't make sense that Tan was to receive worst punishment than the Umno leader, Ahmad Ismail whose comment, calling the Chinese immigrants, sparked a ruckus amongst Chinese across the nation. Fine, Ahmad was stripped off party posts and rights for three years and suspended from Umno, but isn't being detained under the ISA a worse thing? As Martin Vengadesan of the National Union of Journalists says, this is a case of shooting the messenger.

While all this is going on, Anwar Ibrahim had been keeping pretty quiet, up til today when he suggested aloud that he meet with Pak Lah to discuss national security, linked to the recent ISA holdings. The interesting thing is whether the public will blame Anwar for everything has happened, as he is the one who has been promising to Pakatan Rakyat supporters that they will takeover the government, come September 16th.

Well, that day is coming too soon, and in my opinion, nothing spectacular to the extent of a change in government will happen. After all, so many BN MPs are still off on their 'study trip' in Taiwan. Proof of the government taking all possible measures to counteract Anwar's plan.

Every bit of support is needed for Teresa Kok and Raja Petra who remain under the jaws of the ISA. Heck, Teresa's parents don't even know where the fuck their daughter is!

Depressing, eh? Yeah, and to add insult to injury, Liverpool just added to my misery.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Exhale.

What a rollercoast ride it has been.

Just over two-thirds of the year has gone by just like that. And it has probably been one of the toughest, stressful, and most eventful years of my life so far. For eleven years I had been learning and playing the violin, the most common orchestral instrument you can find. For ten years I was with the same teacher, would you believe it.

But now, everything has changed. It seems as if it all happened in a flash. After more than a decade playing the violin, my conscience told me, it's time.

Viola time.

At the end of last year, I became certain of doing music as a degree. As a result, I knew it was time to switch to a new teacher, one who I hoped would last for at least awhile, while trying to get into music schools. Who was I to know that she wouldn't even last a year.

Then a few months ago, my peers began suggesting switching to the viola. I thought nothing of it, until I decided, maybe give it go. I was loaned two violas, and ended up becoming involved with a chamber group playing a movement from a truly fantastic string quartet. Back then, I thought it was going to be temporary, as I still had my focus set on the violin.

My 'amazing' progress on my major instrument in the first few months were very promising indeed, but in the last few months or so, I slowed down a little. I suppose that is quite normal after a few months with a new teacher. But it was the last MPYO camp that completely changed my mindset. It was after the May camp. I had been asked whether I could help with out the viola section, after admin had seen me play viola for chamber. I gladly agreed, thinking it would be a good experience for me, nothing more.

I was wrong. I came back from the camp, a full length of a week playing the viola in the orchestra, as well as two chamber groups, and I had never felt so mesmerised by the amazing tone and sound of the viola. That was it.

So there you go. See how things can change in such a short time? There I was thinking I would be applying to music schools abroad on the violin, for sure. And now that I am short of time, I finally put my foot down to at least lighten my load in terms of college work. I made a compromise, to drop a subject and defer the other two for this semester.

I'm going all out. I have to. I want to.

Let's go.