Aunty Anne, lady of liberty
Why do we have to feel so scared (and threatened) in our own home land.. and by own countrymen?
Aunty Anne (Ann Ooi, 65, formerly a teacher in Penang) is the mother of entertainment personality Elaine Pedley.
Photos: Hugo Teng
An encounter with Aunty Anne at Bersih
By Charlotte Hew
(posted at Facebook)
By: Charlotte Hew
BERSIH 2.0 (9 July 2011). Our Walk for Democracy.
Anne, from Setapak, took a bus ride down to KL, ALONE, in support of the rally. She was stopped 4 times, being asked her IC, and questioned by the police on why she’s wearing yellow. “why can’t I wear yellow?” was her reply. she didn’t know what time the rally was scheduled to start, she didn’t know where, she has no one with her; all she knew was to get down to KL, and stand for what she believes in.
the first thing she asked when she sat on our table, “what are you guys doing here?”
Anne teaches English in government schools for about 35 years (if i remember correctly). but her passion is really singing and dancing; and what she values most in her life now is freedom.
Anne has rallied in bersih 2007. she was disappointed as to why no one else was wearing yellow that day. we said chill lah.. that’s cuz if we do, we’d be stopped by the cops even before we get the chance to enter KL. “it’s so sad.. it’s so sad that the police are treating our rakyats like these.”
“When you come to rallies, there’s a spirit of unity… something i cannot describe… when everyone is united for a cause. you don’t even get this sort of unity in church.”
She left me with a question that still resides in my heart. now may i impose on you to think about it. “Why do we have to feel so scared (and threatened) in our own home land.. and by own countrymen?”
Unity in spirit, strength in numbers. Imagine Malaysia in our fullest potential only if we stand together as one.