"When I reached the LRT station infront of the Sime Darby Building, I took up the stairs of the overhead pedestrians bridge towards Sime Darby building so that I can shoot the video footages from the top of the bridge. Just when I was about to leave the bridge, I was emotionally moved by what I saw right in front of me. I saw a blind man. I stopped for a brief few seconds and looked at the man behind another man very carefully to verify what I just saw… take a look at the short video here….
The blind man who was in the light yellow shirt was holding very tight to the man in the grey shirt as he was bending down to tighten up his shoe lace I presumed.. I asked both of them where they had come from and the man in the grey shirt told me they were from Batu Tiga. In my awe, I thanked them for walking with the rest of the crowds and that it was good that they had played their roles in this effort to ensure clean and fair elections. By this time, there was no tear gas infront of Sime Darby LRT station but all of a sudden, I felt my tears were rushing to get out as I tried as hard as I could not to show how much I was emotionally moved by the courage of this blind man in joining the march to Istana Negara… I didn’t know whether this brave blind man ever reach the palace but the message to the power that be is as clear as crystal….. people from all walks of life want change in the election processes.
And today, as I hop on from blogs to blogs looking for what others had to say about the awesome march for clean and fair elections, I came across this awesome story of Amri at Harris Ibrahim’s blog:
Finally, before I forget, to all those who did not attend the rally and march yesterday because you thought that there would be no need to as you were sure there would be others to make up the numbers, you owe a big ‘Thank You’ to Amri of Shah Alam.
He bore your responsibility on his shoulders.
To those whom did not make it to the historic walk for whatever reasons…. please say a big “THANK YOU” in the comments area of this post to show your solidarity with these two less fortunate but brave- and couraged-citizens.
The rest of the journey to the Istana Negara went very smoothly along Jalan Mahameru, passing National Mosque and all the way to the palace. I however decided to make my way back to Masjid Jamek when I reached what used to be ex-UMBC building where I was told that the Bersih delegation had successfully delivered the memorandum to the King and that the crowds at the Istana Negara were already on their way back to the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. By this time, the battery of my Nikon camera also went dead.
Malaysiakini had reported that the organiser had hailed the banned rally a success.
Despite attempts to spook the public from participating in the Bersih rally, 40,000 people turned up today in the largest show of force since the reformasi protests a decade ago.
Relief was clearly written on the faces of Bersih leaders and the police for they have both avoided the potential of an ugly confrontation. But the rally ended too early for thousands more who were still marching from downtown Kuala Lumpur to Istana Negara.
I will always remember this day in my life for as long as I live. Malaysiaku Gemilang.