Thursday, June 9, 2011

In Your Death Do Us Fight

Morning brings the best spiritual side of me. In the blackest, quietest dawn, my mind wanders ‘far and wide’, sending out prayers to those I loved, those meaningful to those I loved, and those strangers I come across in our many bizarre headlines – in life and in death. Those moments reinforce my belief that I live this day and the rest of my life for a purpose greater than my own interest. These people are my pillar of strengths in my tumultuous life.

This morning, I made a mental note to search for the names of the 3 youths, who were shot dead by our Men in Blue in November last year as they are amongst those departeds whom I extend “Al-Fatihah” on daily basis. This afternoon, it’s a search made easy as I read this with great sorrow what their post-mortem results tell. Two of these youths - Adik Muhammad Hanafi Omar, 22, Adik Muhammad Shamil Hafiz Shapiei, 15, and Adik Hairul Nizam Tuah, 20 - were shot, based on the angle of the wounds, while kneeling in front of the perpetrators, our Men in Blue.

Please tell me if we have the heart to say that they deserved to die under such brutal circumstances? Friends of foes, no one deserves to be ‘mauled’ senselessly.

Three days ago, hundreds of Egyptians celebrated the first anniversary of Khaled Said’s death. His death sparked the monumental Egypt Uprising - thanks to educated and liberated Egyptian Youths like Wael Ghonim, who have had enough of Hosni Mubarak’s brutish antics and kept the spirit of People Power high till the overthrown of the dictator on 11 February 2011 – which has now spread like a wild fire across the Middle East, once known throughout its history as the epicenter of world affairs. While they are still grappling with the aftershock of the uprising, In his death, Khaled Said has liberated his fellow Egyptians.

Have the torturous deaths of Adik Kugan, Adik Teoh Beng Hock, Adik Amirul and Encik Sarbani at the hands of our Men in Blue and their likes set us free?

Perhaps, their ends should be our beginnings. Perhaps, in their deaths should us all fight. So, one day, there will be no more government which would trample humanity at its mercy.

Let me leave you with this quote from Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, in case you feel that we should not be seriously alarmed of what’s happening around us: -

“Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free”


Uncle Lee said...

Hi Fi-sha, I love that saying by a Dalai Lama. How true.
I too feel sad at what's going on around us, the senseless wars, killings, brutal dictators, war lords, etc etc....

Why can't humans live peacefully together, whatever creed or colour or religion?
To see, read, hear about the countless sufferings, of mothers losing their children, of children becoming orphans brings a lump to my throat.

Again, I am glad in some ways I have stopped reading the papers, hardly watch TV news too.
It saddens me to hear, read about politicians serving their selves and their own pockets.... and causing problems.

You keep well, best regards.

Antares said...

Hope to see you again soon, dear Fi-Sha! Keep your fighting spirit strong!

Fi-sha said...

Dear Uncle Lee
I have the softest spot for the word "children". How i wish they could stop awhile and put themselves in the shoes of those who have gone through such indescribable pain and loss. talking about shoes, my mind wanders to one Iranian movei, "Children of Heaven". Over a pair of lost shoes, lives of so many people changed. Hopefully you and Mrs Lim enjoy beautiful summer.
Be well.

Dearest Antares
I sense that we shall meet again in not to far a distance from now :)