Monday, March 22, 2010

Helpful Thai Police

Today, we collected RM8 and ticket sales for this evening’s HICT show amounted to exactly RM400 (equivalent to 200 tickets). Thanks to Angellica Ling especially for making a massive last ditch effort to push ticket sales today. So the HELP for Haiti Fund has now grossed a total of RM2,200.

The benefit concert was alright – and I am grateful to those who performed today. And to the students who turned up to give support. But we are all focusing on Thursday, where the big event at HELP University College will draw in the crowds and hopefully, we will raise big bucks on that day!

I was reading this piece of news from the Malay Mail (Webpage http://www.mmail.com.my/content/30868-red-shirts-march-across-bangkok) about the thousands of Red Shirts defiantly marching across Bangkok on Saturday to denounce the government and asking Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to step down or dissolve Parliament. And the Thai Police tasked to maintain security and order, were actually trying “to minimize the expected traffic congestion by releasing the (protest) convoy in stages, and allowing these (rabble-rousers} to take some lanes and reserve certain lanes for other road users”. If only our own Royal Malaysian Police will adopt this approach – instead of summoning the cavalry (i.e. FRU with their water cannons) – peaceful protests can defuse street anger by providing an avenue for disgruntled citizens to express their dissatisfaction. Didn’t Eleanor Holmes Norton remind us: “The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with”?

But I am relieved that the protesters have stopped spilling blood – even if it is their own blood! That’s really wasteful unless you know of vampires who can get the next flight to Bangkok. Suddenly, I am reminded of these recent blood-soaked movies: 30 Days of Night (2007) and Daybreakers (2009)! The movies were only so-so but I just loved the crimson splashes that painted the screen with their gory themes of copious bloodletting!

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