Sunday, September 14, 2008


"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

  • Malaysia today is a nation is rudderless, no thanks to its lame leadership;
  • Honest dissent is rewarded with a trip to detention centres courtesy of the Home Ministry;
  • Journalists, bloggers and opposition party members are cocooned in jail whereas the real crooks are roaming free;
  • Unabated rising consumer prices have shrunk the purchasing power of the people to live a decent life while political and business cronies continue to live it up;
  • Doubts over the country's political stability and economic credibility have witnessed capital flight out of the country amounting to US1.1 billion in August alone;
The above may just the tip of the iceberg. Indeed, there is darkness everywhere. But we still have a choice. We can choose to simply sit back in exasperation and curse the darkness or we like those before us - Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jesus of Nazareth, Nelson Mandela and others, can opt for the road less travelled.

Light One Candle then, wherever you are. Do whatever you are called to do, according to your conscience, wherever you are. Join with other like minded, wherever you are and stand up for Malaysia. For this is a country under siege, in distress and in need of rescue.

In the meantime, these lyrics by Peter, Paul and Mary from their song "Light One Candle" may help keep us focused on the path ahead:

Light one candle for the strength that we need

To never become our own foe

And light one candle for those who are suffering

Pain we learned so long ago

Light one candle for all we believe in

That anger not tear us apart

And light one candle to find us together

With peace as the song in our hearts

We have come thus far always believing

That justice would somehow prevail

This is the burden, this is the promise

And this is why we will not fail.

Updated Vigil Watch:

  • Teresa Kok Candlelight Vigil, 14 Sept. 2008 @ 7p.m., 28-3A, 4th floor, Sri Desa Entrepreneur’s Park. Jalan 1/116B, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Candlelight vigil in solidarity with all still under ISA detention, 14 Sept 2008 @ 9 p.m., Blog House, 66, Lorong Setiabistari 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
  • Candlelight Vigil for all ISA detainees, 14 Sept 2008 @ 9 p.m., in front of Dewan Sri Pinang, Georgetown, Penang by civil society groups. All invited. Please bring candles or torchlights.
  • Special Mass for justice and peace in Malaysia and early release for all ISA detainess, 15 Sept 2008 @ 8 p.m., Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Jalan Masjd Negeri (Green Lane), Georgetown, Penang.
For full list of ISA detainees as at 13 September 2008: go here.

Hidup Malaysia! Hidup Rakyat!