Najib is now addressing the Umno rally at Bukit Jalil Stadium.
Najib claims that the crowd is almost 100000. He slams Bersih 3.0 for not using a stadium, unlike Umno, which he says respects the law.
Even the police at the stadium are looking “ceria” without any “tension”, he adds.
He highlights Umno’s achievements and its success in bringing about changes over the years. He also hits out at opposition parties for purportedly not keeping their earlier promises.
He asks those gathered if they are ready for general elections and then teases them by suggesting possible dates/months.
He ends his speech with “Hidup Umno! Hidup BN, Selamat ulang-tahun Umno!” and then takes his seat next to Rosmah.
In many ways, the big question today was always going to be, would Umno be able to fill the stadium and boost the morale of its supporters after the massive Bersih 3.0 turnout of around 200000?
There is a large crowd seated in the lower and middle decks of the stadium as well as on the field. But television cameras seem to be avoiding the upper (third) deck of the stadium. Photographs indicate that the upper deck is not packed, even bare in some places.
The stadium has an advertised capacity of 100000 but seating capacity is believed to be 87000.
One blogger complains that the deafening sound of the vuvuzela trumpets made it difficult for him to hear the DPM’s speech earlier. Someone complained on twitter that the sound could be heard from her apartment.
Other tweets report rows of buses lined up not far from the stadium, indicating that many were bussed in.