Monday, March 24, 2008

Saturday,22/03/2008-2.30pm-. After being absent for almost a month from tutoring, far and me resumed our roles as tutors at Desa Mentari last Saturday. I really missed the kids. Like usual, far and me would be teaching english and sometimes science. And when it comes to mathematics, we leave it to the engineers…like I always tell people, when I see numbers, I get nervous!

After a brief meeting with Cikgu Mawarni, the founder of this voluntary tuition project, it was so good to know that there is a future plan to expand this project as there are individuals who are interested to replicate this project. All that we need right now is more volunteers who are willing to dedicate 2 hours of their time on Saturday, tutoring and facilitating the project. Interested anyone? Kindly email me if you are!

The idea of the whole project is to encourage the students to explore their thinking ability and learn academic subjects in a more fun way. Believe me, sometimes the session is so much fun that the tutors seem to enjoy themselves as much as the kids do!

Last Saturday, for my english session, I printed out lyrics of a song, played it, sang the song with the kids, went through the lyrics, asked them the meaning of certain words in the song, the meaning or the interpretation of the song. The song that I chose was “ we are the world” by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonders and Lionel Richie. The feeling was so pleasantly beautiful, as we were singing along, over and over again.

“There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on
Pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of
World's great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me”

930pm- it was sasha’s birthday party, law 20 get-together, everyone was in purple but the birthday girl! -happy birthday sha!

Sunday, 23/03/2008-1.30pm, off to Skudai with Kak Laila and Nurul for GMI(Gerakan Mansukhkan ISA) campaign program. We talked about a lot of things along the journey, particularly her real experience being the wife of an ISA detainee who has been detained for almost 6 years.

i'm glad to see that more people are aware of ISA issue, and i'm so proud to see the conviction to fight this cause transcends racial boundaries.i'm glad that every one has pledged in the name of conscience and humanity to stand together and fight this cause.

the program went well and i got to give a talk on the legal aspect of ISA. it was a great experience and i cant wait to see what's coming in the near future. it's a blessing.

I have to admit that she is a very strong woman, relentlessly fighting for the abolition of ISA and the release of all the detainees.

Everyone knows what ISA is. But not everyone realizes why denial of a fair trial is such a gross and cruel sin a human being is capable of committing hence the strong condemnation by various human rights organization such as Amnesty International, SUHAKAM and also IHRC (Islamic Human Rights Commission). The violation of human rights is one aspect to it, but the effect of such violation is so grave. It’s beyond words.

The trauma that the family members have to go through every single day, thinking about the indefinite time of detention that may take forever. The trauma that the children have to go through thinking why on earth their fathers are being detained. The trauma that the wives would have to go through thinking for how long they have to wait for their dearest husbands to come home. The love that would sometimes turn into hate whenever the kid misses his father so much that he hates the fact that he has to miss him so much knowing that he would never see his father.

Now I understand why God says that it is HARAM (unlawful) and ZALIM (cruel) to detain a soul without trial.

A friend of mine, Alfian once said “Ultimately, I would argue that the highest morality remains the morality of the process and not the results”.

God, please guide us through the way.

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