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A Tribute to Anne Ooi, Who Stood Against Goliath

July 11, 2011

Most of you would have known that my country has been crying out for reforms in our election process. A gathering in the Independence Stadium was called when a rally was called off on the advice of the King. Our ruling government expectedly denied the permit and threatened the country with threats of violence and fear. The NGO movement called “Bersih 2.0″ remained unfazed and decided to continue to peacefully make their cries of a clean election in public. Everybody expected chaos.

As a citizen of Malaysia, I condemn the curtailing of the freedom of speech by my country’s leaders who have reacted with fear and media slander. They knew that the police and army were at their disposal and they made sure that the citizens knew it. Might, media and of course, the Law. The gathering was declared illegal despite our King having to declare that it was proper and legal and Bersih was allowed to gather in the Independence Stadium. The NGO agreed to call off the rally and agreed to gather in the said Stadium. The UMNO government on the hand overruled the King’s consent and blessings and denied them access to the Stadium. One cannot but feel cheated.

Then leaders of the movement were defamed on the media as “dangerous” and a threat to national security. Commercials were made (using tax payers money) to blame for commercial losses that were caused by the peaceful movement. These leaders were beaten and arrested. The leaders of the government on the other hand fled the capital to the gold beaches in Trengganu. Typical.

The moment came, there was chaos, fights, blood and even 2 deaths. The result of the use of law, might and strength. In the midst of all these, there stood a heroine in the most unlikelyform of a David against the Goliath UMNO. In the midst of the abuse of law, this unlikely lady exercised grace. This is my tribute to her. Armed with a yellow T Shirt and a flower, her voice spoke louder that the cries of hate by both parties. She prayed when the country shouted. And the Lord answered. The rain came and washed the effects of tear gas which had burned the eyes of the peaceful protesters. The winds came and blew the gasses to the direction of those who fired against the demonstrators.

This is my tribute to her. She makes me proud to be a fellow Malaysian. She is 62. I am only 43. I am inspired. I am humbled. At times I wish that we would have the same attitude when dealing with the Goliaths in our lives. People who use their power and their influence to slander innocent church members to just want change in their church. They can learn from Annie, how to exercise grace. Here is a video tribute to Malaysia’s lady of liberty. I call her Malaysia’s lady of grace. This is why David beat Goliath. Grace. Grace against chaos. Grace against oppression. Grace against abuse. Grace against might. Grace. Just grace.


An encounter with Aunty Anne at Bersih
By Charlotte Hew
(posted at Facebook)

By: Charlotte Hew
BERSIH 2.0 (9 July 2011). Our Walk for Democracy.

Anne, from Setapak, took a bus ride down to KL, ALONE, in support of the rally. She was stopped 4 times, being asked her IC, and questioned by the police on why shes wearing yellow. why cant I wear yellow? was her reply. she didnt know what time the rally was scheduled to start, she didnt know where, she has no one with her; all she knew was to get down to KL, and stand for what she believes in.

the first thing she asked when she sat on our table, what are you guys doing here?

Anne teaches English in government schools for about 35 years (if i remember correctly). but her passion is really singing and dancing; and what she values most in her life now is freedom.

Anne has rallied in bersih 2007. she was disappointed as to why no one else was wearing yellow that day. we said chill lah.. thats cuz if we do, wed be stopped by the cops even before we get the chance to enter KL. its so sad.. its so sad that the police are treating our rakyats like these.

When you come to rallies, theres a spirit of unity something i cannot describe when everyone is united for a cause. you dont even get this sort of unity in church!

She left me with a question that still resides in my heart. now may i impose on you to think about it. Why do we have to feel so scared (and threatened) in our own home land.. and by own countrymen?

Unity in spirit, strength in numbers. Imagine Malaysia in our fullest potential only if we stand together as one.

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