I started reading his blog over 2 years ago, stuff which I found highly entertaining, and at times, even informative.
He brought us Malaysians all together.
The irony of being Malaysian is that the really good ones go to jail and the bad ones ... go to the parliament house.
Today RPK is under a draconian piece of legislation which has outlived its usefulness - the Internal Security Act or ISA.
And today is his birthday.
He took a gamble some time ago, and lost. He gave us an ultimatum, and it remains unfulfilled today. I don't like having my back pushed into a corner, but I still like this old bugger.
I want him out. I have signed this petition, have you? I am spreading it to my friends and relatives, will you?
The ISA may have had its uses once upon a time. Oscar The Grouch of The Dandelions gives us a brief glimpse into the conception of it and why it has no place in our political system today.
Haris Ibrahim of The People's Parliament has some great ideas with Hartal ISA. I can't seem to get into his site for longer than brief snatches, probably due to the high volume of traffic, so I can't read every post.
But I think some of ideas are actually workable, and I'm in!
I'm sure you're aware of what this Hartal constitutes but let me remind you through the words of Fahmi Reza of 'Sepuluh Tahun Sebelum Merdeka':
Hari ini aku berhartal. Maksudnya dari jam 6 pagi tadi sampai ke 12 tengahmalam nanti, aku ambil bahagian dalam satu tindakan mogok dan general stoppage of work.
…tak keluar bekerja
…tak naik bas
…tak naik LRT
…tak bawa motor
…tak pergi pasar
…tak keluar beli suratkhabar
…tak pergi shopping
…tak beli apa-apa barang
…tak keluar makan
…tak keluar tengok wayang
…tak keluar lepak dengan kawan-kawan
…batalkan semua temujanji aku hari ni
…terpaksa cancel interview dengan media untuk cakap pasal Revolusi '48
…tak pergi acara sambutan Hari Malaysia hari ni
…tak pergi candle-light vigil malam nanti
…tak pergi parti housewarming kawan malam nanti
Aku hanya duduk kat rumah
Now you're wondering what staying at home has to do with making a change in our legislation.
Firstly, it will show how many people are supportive of this initiative. It is sending a message to the government.
Secondly, it is about unity. It remains to be seen whether we can be easily broken down by threats and concern for one's job. I am curious to see who puts one's job first before the best interests of the nation.
That day hasn't been decided yet, this initiative is on standby.
If that day is like any other, there is only one thing I can say: We truly DESERVE the government we currently have.