And He Was Not Alone
Yet again, it was over so quickly.
The judge hearing Rocky's application to strike out the defamation suit by NSTP and 4 others adjourned the case to 2.30pm on April 2.
This was because the plaintiffs had amended the claims in their suit, and their lawyers had submitted them to Rocky's lawyers only last Friday (February 16).
Given that it was just two days before the Chinese New Year holidays, Rocky's lawyers clearly needed time to go through the amended claims.
Some 50 bloggers and wellwishers accompanied Rocky to court this afternoon. Among the bloggers were Jeff Ooi (Screenshots), Sheih (Kickdefella), Ruhanie Ahmad (Kuda Kepang), Zahrin Yasin (Sang Kelembai), Marina Mahathir (Rantings by MM), Bernard Khoo (Zorro Unmasked), Stephen Francis (Shanghaifish), Mulah and Rajahram.
Also there were Shar101, What A Lulu (who gave us two plastic boxes of scrumptious cupcakes), Walski, Politikus, Alliedmarster, Lame Basket, I Am Malaysian, Malaysian Man, Salahuddin, BigGuyDotCom, Galadriel and PC Teh, as well as the Gen-M guys.
And what a delightful surprise it was for me to see someone from the old NST days -- Saad Hashim, a former Berita Harian editor and NSTP London correspondent.
He was living in UK for some 20 years before returning home 3 years ago.
There he was, grinning at me, looking quite unrecognisable. It has been so long, Pak Cik Saad.
I have to confess - Marina and I arrived there at about 2.45pm. By the time we got to the 10th floor, we could see the plaintiffs' counsel giving an impromptu Press conference along the busy corridor and Rocky being interviewed by a reporter.
All the way from down south were three of Rocky's older siblings (Rocky is the baby in the family) -- Ismail (Bang Long), Zainal Abidin and Rafiah and her husband, Jakariah Simen.
Rafiah and her husband had come all the way from Singapore, fetching along the way Zainal in Johor and Ismail in Malacca.
Their parents have passed away and as Rocky's older siblings, they are naturally very concerned for the welfare and wellbeing of their adik bongsu.
Meanwhile, Marina and I were late for a good reason. We were in Bangsar buying a birthday cake for Bloggers' United.
The Bloggers' United - No Fear logo was created by Sheih last month following the action by NSTP and the 4 individuals to sue Rocky and the NSTP and 3 of the individuals to sue Jeff for defamation.
Hundreds of blogs carry this logo.
The little birthday party was held at the canteen, next to Denmark House.
And everybody had a piece of the delicious chocolate chiffon cake from Berry's in Bangsar.
Earlier in the day, at about 11am, the same group enjoyed a mee rebus brunch at Kafe 4-teen (oppositie the Section 14 Mosque in PJ).
How did that happen? Well, Rocky, having grown up in Singapore, could never resist a good mee rebus.
I told him that I always have mee rebus at a cafe run by Ariffin Hashim (my sister, Maria's brother-in-law).
It's really sedap because it is prepared by Maria and she makes it the way she likes it. The way we all like it.
One day, he decided to give it a try. He loved it and wanted everyone else (read:bloggers) to share his bliss. So, today seemed the perfect occasion to do so.
Clark Gable of Pulau Duyong was the first to arrive. And then Tony Gayandato (The Stand-up Philosopher) and then Zorro, Mulah, Sheih, Jeff, Tony Pua, JuneX2, BigGuyDotCom, Syed Akbar Ali, Salahuddin, and then Marina, Alliedmarster,the Gen-M guys.......
Editor of Forward magazine, Zul Othman also dropped by for the mee rebus, and to do a story on the little band of bloggers having mee rebus.