Monday, April 6, 2009

Bukit Ganting | On Nizar's Trail ...




A PR Worker helps a "Change" Ceramah enthusiast!


Arrived Selambau on 3rd April, made our way to Kedah and found a Press Conference in Sungai Lalang where Nasution gave a briefing of Ceramah venues with Tian Chua.

The object was Nizar. I wanted to track Nizar's Ceramah but no firm details could be found.

In the evening, there was news that Nizar might be in Changkit Jering. There a couple of Ceramahs on the way and still there was no news of where Nizar was. We ended up at the first Ceramah we found. It was a PAS Ceramah. The road was lined with cars both sides and the crowd milled round a PAS center, near which was a small Makan Place.

The Ceramah in Malay reiterated PR's gain in the 10 months: not about physical development, more of beyond and extra ethnicity, cultural and religious understanding. That no one had a sole right to religion and God---and this was from a "PAS for All" dimension.

The crowd of listeners slowly swelled. The listeners were mostly Malay Muslims. Just slightly later, a Chinese girl aged somewhat in the 30's came alone, unaccompanied and mingled with the crowd to listen. In no time a few Malay males approached her and offered help and she was elated at being welcome and not wolf-whistled and stared as she would had been some few years ago. More young non-Malay listeners came later and were similarly welcomed.

There was plenty of goodwill - real spontaneous goodwill; the feeling was one of elation. It was quite a groundbreaking experience for a Sarawakian like me. I'd never seen this in Kuching or anywhere in Sarawak. There's an open sense of ease, acceptance and belonging - you are not unclean, different or infidel.

With this sense of elation, Malaysia would be well on the way to a greening ... without the present BN Government.

But I still could not find Nizar. There were pictures, postures and wares peddled with Nizar's picture: he was no where! It was as if he didn't need to be there himself! But he was there. The "Change" cause he is spreading for PR is there. And it was tingling in the air.


5 comments:

pengthots said...

Ah you are online! Post more pictures and documentary of what's there. Did you manage to catch Nizar? He's elusive.. for safety reasons?
Meeting him would complete your euphoria..after getting the jemput ubi!

Salak said...

We're still on his trail, peng!

I'm now in DAP Taiping Office and enjoying their generosity of the conection facilitiy.

It may look like the rest of the pix will have to come later, as even in this place, connection is still hampered.

We've got some scent on Nizar's trail and Jong has taken full notes and a map and we'll try that out!

There will be time for those details!

Salak said...

We're still on his trail, peng!

I'm now in DAP Taiping Office and enjoying their generosity of the conection facilitiy.

It may look like the rest of the pix will have to come later, as even in this place, connection is still hampered.

We've got some scent on Nizar's trail and Jong has taken full notes and a map and we'll try that out!

There will be time for those details!

pengthots said...

I just cannot wait Salak!
Dah cemburu that I am not there with you & Jong! Sad I have to get back to my job!
Looks like BN is busy giving out hampers to the people. Do you think you could pass off as a local and get one? Then we can dissect how much BN spend on these and the dinners ad singing girls!

Jarod said...

YOH!!! so syok la U....

tc man!!!