The crowd decked in red, green and yellow easily surpassed the 60000 that packed the Han Chiang school field in 2008.
Although 60000 can cram into the school field and the rest of the Han Chiang premises, thousands more were coming and going throughout the night.
They chanted “Ubah” and “Ini kalilah” with much gusto. It was not a time for eloquent rhetoric. Besides, the vuvuzelas drowned out much of the politicians’ speeches.
The people have made up their minds.
This wasn’t about the people calling for tunnels, new highways and more high-rise luxury condos; it was the about the people calling for an end to corruption in the country and for political change at the federal level.
It was clear that the people who turned up at Han Chiang want to reclaim power from those in Putrajaya who have betrayed their trust. They people want change. (But first, a few of them also have to change themselves as they inconsiderately parked along the two-lane main road i.e. Jalan Masjid Negeri, reducing traffic flow to one lane and creating a massive traffic jam, as two lanes of traffic from Scotland Road and one lane of traffic from Dato Keramat tried to squeeze through that one free lane.)
But there was no mistaking the people’s choice: they are putting their faith in Pakatan politicians to ensure clean government and improve the people’s quality of life. The Pakatan politicians have a heavy responsibility to live up to that faith.