Monday, April 18, 2011

A bittersweet surprise.

In the midst of doing my revisions,my phone rang.I would normally just shut the ringer off if a call came while im studying.This time,i didnt. My reflexes just would not allow me to ignore the call.
"Hello", a voice from the other line said."Remember me?" the voice continued.Bewildered and with only few seconds to guess who is it,i gave up.It was a voice i found very familiar."It's Iqah,Len!". I jumped off my seat and squealed.Instantly,my spirits were lifted when i heard her voice.It was a different voice i heard when i visited her.The difference then and now was hope.She sounded hopeful.At that moment,i knew that all our efforts will not be in vain.

It wasn't a long conversation.She had 30mins calling time to call her sister,brother,mother and me.The first thing she asserted was that she is fine and treated very well by the wardens.Last few days,an offical from Singapore Embassy ,Mrs Lim visited her and passed the great news to her.The news that we have met our $50K mark and how the commitee is spreading her story every single chance we have.Mrs Lim even joked that she has been quite the celebrity back home.Touched and appreciative,she instantly broke down.Even the two wardens,who are cuffed to her,sobbed tears of joy.Everytime she leaves her cell,her right hand will be handcuffed to a hand of a warden and the same goes for the other side.Iqah has only nice things to say about the prison wardens,who has writen an appeal letter to the courts to ask for leniency  for Iqah.

I told her about the postcards we have collected from the previous fleamarkets with words of encouragements for her.She sounded pleased.She asked about the various friends who is in the commitee and told me to print more pictures of the commitee for her.She reminded me to get motivational books for her on my next visit.The heartbreaking request came when she called me the 2nd time.She wanted me to drive her daughter up to visit her.The longing was too unbearable.

She asked me when and what time will i visit her.She ended the call by telling me she'll be counting the days and to send her love to all of her friends and the well wishes.

I urge the readers of this blog to support and lend us your voice.To reunite a mother and a daughter.Help us win this cause.To bring Atiqah home in the near future! And to raise awareness to the masses so no one shoule ever fall prey to this cunniving bullies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SaveAtiqah will be having another flea market!

Second Chances Flea Market

In our continued efforts to raise awareness for our dear friend,Atiqah who has been sentenced to death by Malaysia court,we will be a having a flea market this weekend.As mentioned,though we have reached our  $50K mark, we will continue having flea markets periodically to raise awareness as well as to raise funds for her daughter and mother.
The fight is far from over.With your support and prayers,we hope Atiqah will be given a second chance to prove her innocence.
Please show us support.
Please help us spread Atiqah's story as well as Vui Kong's and Chun Yin's to save others from the same fate.

Date: 16 and 17 April
Time: 4pm to 10pm
Location: at walkway along Tampines MRT line near blk 158 and blk 159 street 12.
                 Lot 18C & 19A


Monday, April 11, 2011


We,the SaveAtiqah commitee was very humbled and touched by what we encountered yesterday.We were told that Liyana from Mommamiia Creations and Kristen from webelieveinsecondchances were helping us raise funds for Atiqah.Liyana who is an online entrepuener was going to sell her hand made jewelleries and Kristen was offering postcards for Vui Kong and Atiqah in exchange for some kind donations at a book cafe in Duxton Road called PigeonHole..Naturally,we were all eager to attend to convey our heartfelt thanks to these kind hearts personally.

However,we left with much more than humility and appreciation.We left with an abundance of hope , belief and love.And i'll say,you cant put a price tag on them.Being around our friends from webelieveinsecondchances, the saveatiqah commitee as well as Mr M.Ravi, i realized hope is not lost and together our voice could be loud enough to make a change.I have always thought that the world is a lost cause and the good ones are all in heaven but i was proved that my beliefs were very far from the truth.In that cafe,we were  surrounded by friends who care and would go to the extra mile to help when they didnt have to.:)

Thank you  SecondChances for raising $377 yesterday.However,the commitee has decided to leave the proceeds to SecondChances  for future events funding.Not just for Atiqah,but for Vui Kong and Chun Yin or any death penalty cases in the future.
As we have already reached our $50K mark,we will no longer be holding any donation drives.However,we will continue selling at flea markets every other week and the proceeds will be used for future awareness campaigns and  to help Atiqah's mother and daughter.These are the two people who has been hit the hardest financially as Atiqah was the sole breadwinner of this little household.

Special thanks again to Liyana for coming forward and helping us.To the whole team of SecondChances for the guidance and support.And to M.Ravi.( I am still in awe of this man.The world needs more people like him)

Thank you all for the support,love and encouragement.Hopefully, Atiqah will get the chance to thank you all personally one day.
Till then, we will continue fighting to SAVE ATIQAH.


Second Chances Flea Market

The Save Atiqah campaign committee with her family.

Liyana and her earrings

Postcards for Atiqah and Vui Kong

Pictures taken from SecondChances.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

We have met our objectives!

On the night of Mar 18, my wife, Lenie received a call with news that Noor Atiqah M.Lasim a Singaporean single mother, was sentenced to death by the Shah Alam Court, Malaysia. She could not believe it at first but Yahoo News confirmed this with pics of Iqah herself. Instantaneously Lenie broke down into tears.
Immediately Lenie contacted Edayu (Iqah sis) and pledge to help. That was the start of the Save Atiqah movement.
Lenie didn’t know what form of help she could give, but she wanted to do anything she could as she couldn’t believe that Iqah, her friend for 14 years could do a big enough mistake that warrants a death penalty.
With the blessing of Atiqah’s family – Abg Zainal, Kak Ayu, Kak Ena, Abg Bhai, we started this blog. Our objective was simple; to raise S$50K to help Atiqah.
Today I’m pleased to announce that WE HAVE MET THAT OBJECTIVE! J
We have raised S$50K today and it would not be possible without the help of all of you.
Special thanks to the committee members: Shakina, Bella, Farhan, Ifah, Hafizan, Janna, Wati, Rizi, Hamir, Arliana, Irda, Izwah, Shima.
Special thanks to our friends in the media.
Most importantly special thanks to you the donors!
Masha Masoot
Ashner Chen
Anonymous 6
Management of Gemadept Pte Ltd
Sham Masoot
Anonymous 7
Janie Chia
Anonymous 12
Khairullah & Yana
Ana Low
Dorothy Yeo
Chen XiaoQing
Sharon Ciel
Amy Lim
Rubiah, Sansiah, Zainab, Tina, Ah hin, Somy
Anonymous 3
Bernard Halim
Michelle Koh
Anonymous 13
Ayim & Arliana
Patrick See
Lai Ching Mee
Ayim & Su
Fify Goth
Simon Tang
Wati & Rizi
Wang Ying Jie
Danial & Aqif
Yasmin Sungkar
Anonymous 4
Anonymous 8
Alex Koh
Murni Chubb
Jane Chong
Anonymous 9
Allan Kwok
Chin Hann Rong
Kak Ani
Lily Loke GMD
Anonymous 10
Niko Hosin
Veronica GMD
Anonymous 11
Childhood Friend
Chew Yang Hai GMD
Rudy Chow
Sufina & Fabulous
Linah & Rifqi
Anonymous 5
Daley Kok
Anonymous 2
Daniel Miller
Bu Rys
Unca Staff

It’s worth second mention to our top 4 donors who have propelled us to hit this objective.
Anonymous 13
Bernard Halim
Management of Gemadept Pte Ltd
Ana Low

Thank you all once again, but it doesn’t stop here. We will continue to work to ensure that Atiqah will get all the help she needs to not face the death sentence.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Help Liyana Help Atiqah

Ever since we embark on this cause, we have been blessed to come in contact with a lot of kind- hearted souls. One such example is Liyana. We do not know Liyana, Atiqah did not know Liyana and yet she has come out to help our cause. Thank you Liyana and thank you all!

Here is her story extracted from :

Help Liyana Help Atiqah

This is Liyana. When we met her last year, she was living in a tent in Sembawang Park with her husband Fazli, mother, and two young sons. She was also seven months pregnant. Life, as you can imagine, was pretty damn awful.

We could tell you so much more about Liyana’s ordeal, but for now, it’s enough to say that things are a little better. Yes, it's still a struggle getting through each day. But at least Liyana's family are no longer sleeping in a tent. They’re sharing a three-room HDB flat with another couple and their four kids. It’s a little crowded and a little stressful, but as Liyana puts it, “I'm glad we have a proper roof over our heads.”

A few months ago, Liyana decided to start a small online business selling handmade jewelry. The pieces are quirky and very pretty. Liyana makes about $200 a month from her business - money she uses to buy daily necessities for her two boys and baby girl.

This is Noor Atiqah, a single mum sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug trafficking. She’s just 27 and her little girl is seven. They’ve not seen each other in two years. Noor Atiqah’s family and friends believe she is innocent and are desperately trying to raise $50,000 to appeal the verdict.

Liyana has never met Noor Atiqah before. But when we told her about the case, she started to cry.

“My life is hard, but when I hear this story, my heart…”

She never completed the sentence but we knew exactly what she meant.

Liyana has decided that she wants to do something for Atiqah. Next week, she’ll be setting up shop at “Sunday Eclectica”, a fleamarket at Pigeonhole. On sale will be a range of handcrafted earrings, necklaces and other pretty trinkets, as well as some yummy baked goods. Our friends at "We Believe In Second Chances" will also be selling badges, wristbands and cupcakes. Liyana has generously offered to contribute a portion of the day’s takings to the Save Atiqah fund. “Second Chances” will donate 100 percent of their profit to the cause.

When we asked Liyana why she wanted to help, her answer was simple, “I’m a mother. How would any child feel about losing her mother?”

Please help Liyana help Atiqah. Come visit us

Friday, April 1, 2011

$15,000 Raised - 2nd Milestone reached!

Today's marks a very special day for our cause. We have managed to raised S$15,000 which surpassed our 2nd milestones by $5000.

Thank you again to all those who has help in this cause.