Saturday, August 18, 2007

In Solidarity with Wee Meng Chee

Thanks to the hapless MCA and Barisan Nasional Government, my schedule this weekend and next week will turn upside down. We had already planned a general election pre-preparatory committee meeting in the morning tomorrow. We have the Merdeka Dialogue in the afternoon at Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya.

And yesterday (Friday), my boss who works us really really hard (for a good cause), called for a Mandarin forum "In Solidarity with Wee Meng Chee" in the same Sunday evening at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. Being part of the organising committee for the above, plus having to speak in the evening as well, will pretty much drive one nutty ;)

(And I'm supposed to finish my weekly column for Oriental Daily tonight!)

For those living in Melaka, the same forum will be held on Monday evening as well at the DAP Melaka State Headquarters.

Anyway, here are the details of the forum, for those who found time to read my blog, as well as those who can make it:

1. Klang Valley
Date: 19 August 2007 (Sunday)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (No. 1, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur)
2. Melaka
Date: 20 August 2007 (Monday)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Dewan Rakyat, DAP Malacca State Headquarters (Jalan Pandan, Malacca)
The distinguished panel of speakers includes:
* Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General
* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader
* Josh Hong, Political Analyst
* Yeo Yang Poh, Former Bar Council Chairman*
* Tony Pua, Economic Advisor to DAP Sec-Gen
* Jeff Ooi, DAP General Election E-Campaign Director
Hope to see you there! Below is the forum write up in Chinese.

民主行动党周日举办“明智爱国,声援明志”讲座会

为了表达关注黄明志改编国歌即将被政府对付的下场,民主行动党将在8月19日(星期日)晚上7时30分在吉隆坡与雪兰莪中华大会堂一楼会议室,举办主题为“明智爱国,声援明志”的讲座会。

当晚主讲者包括国会反对党领袖林吉祥、律师公会前任主席杨映波、民主行动党秘书长林冠英、民主行动党全国大选电子选战主任黄泉安、时事评论人唐南发、民主行动党秘书长经济顾问潘俭伟等。

他们将从各个角度谈论黄明志的创作《我爱我的国家》,同时分析这首歌曲所要表达的含意,还有政府及执政党领袖为何要大肆炒作这个课题,包括为何要援引煽动法令或国歌法令来对付黄明志。

由于黄明志所创作的《我爱我的国家》一曲,道尽了许多国人的心声而引起执政当局关注,其目前上载Youtube的录影短片,在互联网上的浏览人次高达100万,甚至名列Youtube十大最受欢迎的录影短片。

随着黄明志通过卫生部长兼马华副总会长蔡细历医生向政府及国人道歉后,政府为何还要采取法律行动对付黄明志,确实令人百思不得其解。因此,民主行动党准备通过各种声援行动,捍卫黄明志的创作自由权。

正值国家庆祝独立50周年之际,国人原本兴高采烈要庆祝这个极具纪念性的重要日子。然而,面对政府采取高压行动抑制异议,包括一方面要黄明志道歉,另一方面又要对黄明志采取法律行动,让人开始怀疑这个国家是否变质了?

民主行动党诚邀所有关心黄明志命运的爱国人士,通过出席上述讲座实际声援黄明志,并表达你们对这个事件的各种看法。让我们以另类的方式来欢庆及反思庆祝马来西亚独立50周年的意义。
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