Paula had volunteered to emcee the vigil and armed with her guitar she entertained the crowd with "The Song of Freedom". The police then ordered the participants to disperse which they obediently did. Paula too packed her guitar and proceeded to where her husband had parked. It was here that the Police decided to bundle her into their car and took her to Jalan Patani Police HQ.
Angela and Jong called in from
Paula called from the Patani Police Station to ask for advice...our coversation was interrrupted abruptly as she was called into the room for questioning.
I contacted Jeff Ooi, MP for Jelutong.
Haris contacted lawyer Munaweer.
Two days before the vigil Paula posted this appeal to Penangites:
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My dear friends, blog readers, Malaysians, especially PENANGITES,
Greetings from my pc screen to yours !
Do you have a dream?..........................
Please don't slip into passivity, fear or apathy or feel that you are insignificant, unimportant or irrelevant because YOU MATTER.
And why so?
Because YOU ARE MALAYSIAN, and this country is YOUR NEGARA as much as it is MY NEGARA. OUR TANAHAIR.
And you know what? We need each other to press for change.
WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER, TO UNITE, TO BE OF THE SAME HEART AND MIND TO HEAL THIS NATION!!!!
Most of all, to PENANGITES and other MALAYSIANS WHO WILL BE IN
WE NEED YOU THIS SATURDAY AT ESPLANADE, 8 P.M.!!!
There is no time to waffle around wondering...should I, should I not...should I ...should I not...
should I light that candle this Saturday?
There is no time to be nervous and imagine the worst case scenario ....or to ask yourself...
* what if there is a raid?
* what if I am caught and thrown into a Black Maria...
* what if my face makes it to the front page news, or worse still headlines in Malaysiakini or other blogs? This is not the way I want to achieve fame...
* what if...what if...what if....
My dear blog reader, time is running out.
There is ABSOLUTELY NO TIME FOR THE "WHAT IFs" IN LIFE.
We are appealing for your support to stand by her.
WHAT OTHERS HAD TO SAY OF PAULA ON HER ARREST
Only a truly beautiful soul whiose conscience has been fully awakened could write that there's no time for IF's at this point in M'sia's political scene.
I wish I could have been ther to offer moral and physical support.
Zorro, if she needs monetary support to fight this bullying and fascist state, let's chip in. Individually and Collectively, it will not burden us!!
I am shocked to hear that Paula aka masterwordsmith has been arrested by the police. She's just a conscientious objector to the ISA and, if you read her blog posts, you wouldn't be able to find anyone more reasonable than her. This episode of police action is a wrong, wrong move.
paula was released at about 1.00am. many of us (the organisers and a few others non organisers) were at the police station waiting for her from the time she was arrested (9.30). we do know of her arrest when she was bundled in the police car. we called liew chin toong and he was there with paula until her release. paula called rhina bhar, the lawyer.
we are meeting tonight to have a post-mort
Paula, we love you. Paula, we will fight for you. Paula, we will stand up for you. Paula, thanks for pricking our conscience. Paula, thanks for reminding apathetic Malaysians that democracy is under threat. That we are living under a fascist state. Heinrich Himmler, the dreaded Gestapo chief in Nazi Germany, died in the smouldering ruins of a shamed nation 60 years ago. But today, we have another Himmler in the form of a botak called Heinrich Syed Hamid, the most despicable character in Malaysian history.
Using section 143 against " A Song of Freedom" ? Legally unsound !
'Love, Hope & Solidarity ' is the spirit and message expressed peacefully.
I am with you all in Spirit as I pray.
Let's continue to Fast and Pray for Wisdom, Peace and Tranquility to prevail.
Let's continue to sing ' A Song of Freedom' and to 'candlelight vigil' to " RELEASE all ISA detainees & ABOLISH ISA NOW!".
Syabas o all Peacemakers.