This vigil will protest police brutality, the ISA and the Israeli-Palestinian violence in Gaza.
But there's one person I'd like to bring to attention, and that is Paula Khoo.
I first met Paula in person during one of the candlelight vigils at the field opposite Amcorp Mall. Actually I met her before that as I picked her up at another location and we drove together to attend the vigil.
Not one for being passive, she had a dream which she pursued in spite of her fears.
Paula went back to Penang (where she comes from) and helped organise one there. She led the crowd with a freedom song, which evidently gained her recognition in the eyes of the police.
She was arrested quietly, right after the crowd had dispersed.
Since then, she has been harrassed by the police and even hackers on her blog.
They want her to report to the Pattani Police Station on the 3rd day of Chinese New Year. I emailed her recently and this is what she wrote back:
My case is coming up on Jan 28th wed morning at 8.30am. hope it will be dropped cos it has been most stressful...
do pray for me...
I'm certainly praying for you, Paula. I wish I could do more than that, by coming out to support you.
But I'm abroad again. Too far to come back.
I beseech you to support Paula on my behalf.