Poet in motion: If at 77, Pak Samad can walk for Malaysia, so can you
When the learned and wise sage takes the front line of the arduous march to return to society what belongs to humanity, one can understand the significance and beauty of Bersih rallies. It is national poetry in motion!
Indeed when our national literary icon, Datuk A. Samad Said speaks up for the 28 million citizens, it chisels national poetry on permanent record.
Pak Samad taking the front-lines at this age speaks volumes. A septuagenarian who is the acclaimed Pejuang Sastera is recreating history. Born in 1935 and having grown up in World Wars, he certainly understands the pains of living under tyranny and self-centered regimes that thrive on power and control.
He is in no uncertain terms taking great pains to return to Malaysians their right to a harmonious and meaningful, co-existing fundamental that the world clearly recognizes as democracy.
Living up to his Award
This Sasterawan Negara despite his frail built walks like a towering beacon of hope for the nation’s caring and concerned citizens. He lives up to his Award as a national icon.
As the nusantara watches the great efforts and risks undertaken by loyal citizens of Malaysia in the transformation of a nation from a regime state that manipulates democracy to one of civil liberties patronized by the developed-status world, this Sasterawan Nusantara ignites the inner conscience of both good and erring Malaysians.
Pak Samad, widely recognized as ‘Poetry in Motion’ for his incredible works, gives his signature to a nation building that is free from corruption and abuses.
His very determination to brave all odds despite his ancient age, in Bersih 2.0, witnessed an episode that touches the deep recesses of our souls – an anonymous citizen removed his slippers and gave it to this bare-footed sage on his march to reach out to our beloved and revered King on behalf of all the loyal subjects of His Majesty.
This episode should rock the very heart of any human soul. This slipper-incident epitomizes the meaning and essence of the true nature of Malaysians who are championing reform through peaceful means.
Inspiring but also sad
With the BN led government remaining adamant and refusing to recognize in totality the citizens’ cries for a fair, clean and free electoral reforms, this icon of humanity Pak Samad, has now proclaimed his support for Bersih 3.0.
Indeed it is both sad and inspiring.
It is sad because the authorities and their paid leaders have allowed the situation to remain without redress, leading to another Bersih showdown by the citizens. And our grandpa Pak Samad has to painfully march for a peaceful sit-down protest.
It is also inspiring in the sense that Pak Samad by selflessly standing up for all Malaysians and their meaningful future is setting national poetry in motion.
And truly we can borrow that quote: Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for the country, to capture this poetry of Pak Samad that he now sets in motion through Bersih 3.0.