Any lingering doubts over who the Chinese Malaysians voters of Seberang Jaya were opting for were dispelled last night when about 3,000 people turned up to listen to Anwar and other PKR speakers such as Nurul Izzah and Azmin Ali. It was not so not so much the actual numbers but their enthusiastic reaction and body language and the way they warmed to Anwar’s speech.
Anwar was of course in his element and tugged at what was close to the hearts of the crowd – education, language and the economy. He stressed the importance of Chinese as a language of economic significance. He said that many people even in the United States were learning the language. “It is not because they love China, but they realise that it is a language of economic importance.”
He took a jibe at Hishammuddin and his keris and said the Umno folks were not very savvy about this, and “that is why you should not vote for them”.
He said the BN was out to get him with all sorts of allegations. “They say that I like women, I like men… I like goats! (crowd roars with laughter) Let them say what they like…”
But, he added, the number one issue facing Malaysia today was national unity. Loud applause broke out.
Blog reader Ah Pek, who says he is a life member of the MCA Bagan Division, shares his view with us:
An observation when I was in my friend’s house in Permatang Tinggi, about 3km from Anwar’s kampung:
The local residents, especially the Malays are now firmly moving over to support him this time. I had seen numerous vans busy shuttling loads of their mak cik and pak cik as late as 11.30pm. I reckon Pas now is working super hard on our Malay kampung folks.
What BN (has done) by reducing the price of petrol makes thing worse. The word is that Pak Lah is just calling the shots on petrol price and has total disregard for the lower income and poor, manipulating it at his fancy.
As for the Chinese folks, esp the Seberang Jaya market and hawker folks, they wanted to teach Ariff a lesson for (allegedly) shouting at them when they approached him for help as their State Assemblyman last few months, and were (allegedly) scolded for having PR as the state government. Kak Azizah had already got them onto her side when she send a team of plumbers to clear up the clogs and fix new taps.
Also on hand was Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah, who is rapidly turning into a public speaker in her own right.
Tomorrow morning, I hear that the DAP are heading out to Seberang Jaya in a big way to help in the campaign. Apparently, the Pakatan folks are holding a big event in the morning there. The Makkal Sakhti folks are also planning a major event over the weekend. The action is hotting up!
Meanwhile Najib has made his oath on the Altantuya case, but check out yet another startling statutory declaration here. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!