|Friday, 07 March 2008|
|Our special correspondent reports on a huge Keadilan rally last night in Lembah Pantai attended by some 30,000 people, 90 per cent of them Malays. He came away convinced that there was still hope for the country.|
I went to the Keadilan ceramah at Lembah Pantai behind Angkasapuri last night at around 10.45pm after attending another ceramah by Sivarasa near One Utama. The crowd at Lembah Pantai was unbelievably large. All roads to the ceramah area were completely blocked with people (more than 90 per cent Malays and mostly young). And it was raining heavily, mind you!
When we went, Ronnie Liu of DAP was speaking. He was pretty good, engaging the crowd in his talk. I have never been to a ceramah this large since 1969! There must have been at least 30,000 people.
Anwar came at 11.30pm and spoke until 12.20am. He was consistent - unlike the BN politicians and their kaki bodek. To the largely Malay crowd, he talked about true Islam - which means treating all children as our children. That was a poignant moment. He said something like, "Anak
Here is a leader who, in spite of his chequered past, is bringing a message of unity while those BN politicians are dividing us. If you had been there, you would understand why the BN leaders are worried sick. Even the ever-cynical me came home with better hope for this country - largely because of the youthfulness of the crowd. If this is the future, we can still hope. pun anak kita, anak Cina pun anak kita, dan anak Melayu pun anak kita." At another point, he asked the crowd whether giving help to poor Indian Malaysians was wrong , and the largely Malay crowd responded with a strong and loud "tidak"!
In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place-Mahatma
Probable Source: Malaysiakini
Daripada Abu Umarah iaitu al-Bara' bin 'Azib radhiallahu anhuma, katanya: "Kita semua diperintah oleh Rasulullah s.a.w. untuk melakukan tujuh perkara, iaitu meninjau orang sakit, mengikuti janazah, menentasymitkan orang yang bersin, menolong orang yang lemah, membantu orang yang teraniaya, meratakan salam dan melaksanakan sumpah."