Penang has become a hive of political activity this weekend.
On Friday, PSM held a 30-table fund-raising dinner in Bayan Baru. PSM secretary general Arutchelvan said whether BN, Pakatan or ‘third force’, what really mattered at the end of the day was ‘people power’. Jeyakumar Devaraj, on the other hand, said it was important to check feudal and pro-corporate elements from creeping into Pakatan. See Malaysiakini report PSM welcomes third force to kick BN out.
Last night, over 1,000 people attended a Pakatan ceramah in Balik Pulau. The Penang State Assembly Speaker said the state government would hand out RM100 to single mothers and disabled persons next year if they register with the local JKKK, said one eye-witness at the scene. (I hope this won’t be tied to voter registration lists.)
Anwar plans to distribute Apco documents nationwide. “He’s on a BN rampage now,” he adds. Also addressing the ceramah were Guan Eng and Chegu Bard.
Today, the Pakatan is holding its national convention at Dewan Millennium in Kepala Batas. It promises to be a much-watched affair, especially in the wake of the Zaid Ibrahim hoo-ha and the much discussed PKR elections. Expect a rallying of the Pakatan faithful and attempts to close ranks ahead of the Tenang by-election and the Sarawak state election.