Night Vigil For Raja Petra

In what is commonly a desolate spot on Wednesdays, the front gate drive way of the Sungai Buloh Prison, lights replaced that desolation. People came from far to show their solidarity for incarcerated blogger, Raja Petra.

The style and demeanour of Raja Petra is not necessarily the perfect cup of tea for many people, however having him persecuted for being a political commentator, does ask for any Malaysian who believes in democratic space to raise a collective fist together to ask the powers that be again and again until they provide an answer to our question, “Why?”

The Ominuous Signs of the Prison FrontPeople at the gate

The ominous front signage of Sungai Buloh Prison, and speeches being made with the presence of YB Ronnie Liu.

It is important to make the distinction between supporting Raja Petra and supporting democratic space. It is undeniable that the language of Malaysia Today is fairly crass and damning for those in UMNO, however that in itself is no crime. If Raja Petra is indeed guilty of making libelous statements, then there would be very little obstacle for the Najib family in this instance to pursue legal means to bring the man down, and not resorting to The Sedition Law to get their hatchet man to court.

PG on the drive way

PG just outside the gates

The question every blogger is worried about, if they can go after Raja Petra when will they come after me. I am not sure the Federal government is about to embark on a process of intimidation, however they do feel the need to respond after a month of having people call the present Badawi government a lame duck administration.

The issue will burn on, as did the candles last night. Hopefully the spirit for a free and democratic Malaysia continues to burn in the hearts of my countrymen for a bit longer.


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