Nik Aziz and Husam Musa received a tumultous welcome after Friday prayers at Masjid Besi in Putrajaya yesterday, when the crowd realised who was there among them.
Husam, the Pas spiritual leader’s protege, is contesting in the Putrajaya parliamentary seat in a major statement of intent. He was mobbed as he left the mosque, also known as Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque. Located in Precinct 3, opposite the Palace of Justice, it is the second major mosque in Putrajaya after the Putra Mosque.
Many civil servants work and reside in Putrajaya; so the scenes above and below are telling, though some of the crowd may have come from neighbouring towns in Selangor.
This was the scene at the rally in Putrajaya last night. Just as well for Mahathir that he is not contesting in Putrajaya!
In the 2008 general election, Umno and Barisan secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor won the Putrajaya parliamentary seat by a 2734-vote majority (voter turnout – 6608), a reduction from his 2004 winning majority of 3546. This time, that majority is almost certain to be whittled down or even overturned.
Are we seeing a major political tsunami emerging from Putrajaya and sweeping across the rest of the country? From the looks of it, nowhere is safe for the BN anymore.