Haris had rushed thru his chicken a la king at the Press Club, told the Yew Brothers, Wilson and Tony and I not to rush and lumbered off with : See you guys under the flagpole.
Picture above was snapped by Gus Gan of Fisherman's Wharf. Haris was holding his lighted candle. This was his dangerous weapon. It has got to be a weapon of massive distraction, otherwise the police would not have mobilised in force 5:1. Doesn't this leave an awful taste in the mouth.....the full force of the law against candle-bearing citizens? Read here Haris brief visit to the Dang Wangi Pondok. Of course I laughed at the cops who when asked told me that it was not allowed to have candles. They had formed a grid-lock and it was not possible to hold the candlelight vigil. An officer barked at some cops manning the barricade pointing at Wilson who was filming. In Bahasa it sounded like: Why are you all standing here like KAYU, bring him (Wilson) here. Wilson surrendered his MyKad, volunteered that he was just filming an event. Wilson was ordered to move away and I believe he went back to the NPC.After which the officer asked what I was doing at the barricade. When I told him that I was here for the candlelight vigil he ordered me onto the street, away from the foot of the flagpole. There I witnessed an officer shouting, yes shouting menacingly at a tall Indian man: "Don't stand here." When the gentleman did not move, the loud cop said: "You want to be a hero." He ordered his men to arrest the gentleman who climbed onto the black maria. Two down. Later, I received an sms that a young couple too was "taken", Four down. I met up with Yati and 20cents of KL Confidential. It was then that YewTube Tony called to say that Haris has been released and was heading back to the NPC. We crossed the road and was escorted by two mata-mata to the Royal Selangor Club where we met up with Marina. Candles were lit on the steel fence separating the club from the padang. That attracted the attention of of the cops who came into the club to ask that we extinguish the candles. Some members told the cops that this was private property and that they had every right to do what they wanted to do. However, the RSC security management went into a frenzy when the likes of Hishamudin Rais and Tian Chua joined us. Did I hear right when somebody said that PKR people were not allowed into the Club? I hope not! But I know that come the next day some snooty members will take umbrage that their exclusivity has been deflowered by rebels, like the likes of us riff-raffs. Sorry if we tainted your clinical-clean ambiance but the cause was a good one, if you can come off your high horse and appreciate the fact that a birthday song was sung. .But let me put on record that the GM Nathan defused any possible fracas admirably. The General Committee should appreciate this.
BUT I STILL WONDER WHO WOULD HAVE GIVEN THIS ORDER THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO CANDLE-LIGHT VIGIL TO PRICK SOME CONSCEINCE.