Some 10000 people converged at the Expo site in Seberang Jaya within Anwar’s Permatang Pauh constituency in renewed determination to propel PKR and Pakatan to greater heights.
PKR strategist Saifuddin Nasution said Anwar’s release has had an extraordinary effect on Pakatan, galvanising the coalition and rejuvenating its supporters.
Among the other speakers were Azmin Ali, Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Guan Eng. Also present were Sim Tze Tzin and Toh Kin Woon.
Surprisingly – and refreshingly – I did not notice any uniformed police personnel around.
Some were disappointed that Anwar did not turn up. Instead he would be passing through this way this weekend on the way to the Pakatan convention in Alor Setar.
At first, I estimated the crowd at 5000, from what I could see. But a PKR activist said that all sides of the expo site were filled with people and the turnout was much bigger than during the Bersih 2.0 roadshow last year. That was evidently true as I made my way out of the event. Cars were double- and even triple-parked along the road outside the grounds and even on the highway flyover facing the site, reducing traffic to a crawl.