Lone pro-ISA man makes it to palace


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 02 Aug 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: While thousands of anti-ISA protesters struggled in vain to reach Istana Negara, one man beat all odds to fulfil his mission to submit a pro-ISA memorandum.

ISA supporter Mohd Khairul Azam Abd Aziz said he succeeded because he walked alone.

“I even took time to eat durian by the roadside, had some tea, and even took some cigarette breaks as I walked alone from the Central Market to the back gate of the Istana.

“The anti-ISA protesters went in large numbers, so naturally they would face strong resistance from the authorities,’’ he said.

Khairul was representing Magaran (Majlis Gabungan NGO Pembela Negara) to submit an eight-page pro-ISA memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Khairul, who is the legal adviser to Magaran, said he enjoyed his three-hour leisurely walk.

“I wore the pro-ISA T-shirt underneath a Visit Malaysia T-shirt, to avoid being noticed by the authorities.

“I lifted the T-shirt to reveal the pro-ISA message only when the media photographers arrived.

“But the arrival of the photographers attracted police attention.

“Before that, I was there for a long time, and no one noticed me. When the cameras started clicking at about 7pm, the police rushed over,” he said.

Khairul said the police took down his particulars. They were curious to know how he managed to breach such tight security.

He claimed that the police, however, could not take action against him because he was alone and therefore, could not be charged for participating in an illegal rally.

He said the thousands of anti-ISA protesters failed to fulfil their mission because they were bent on showing strength in numbers.

“I walked alone to represent the 100,000 Magaran members, and I succeeded in delivering the pro-ISA memorandum.

“I can sleep soundly tonight because I succeeded in fulfilling the expectation of the pro-ISA NGOs, without getting into trouble,’’ he said.

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