Kumar received a rousing reception in Seberang Jaya last night
Giant-killer Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj joined in the by-election campaign last night in Seberang Jaya. He was introduced as the wira (hero) who defeated the long-time MIC president Samy Vellu in the general election. The crowd cheered loudly.
In his address, Kumar spoke about the impact of economic recessions of the past. “Each time there is an economic slowdown, Umno would be split as they fight over which cronies to rescue,” he pointed out. “This happened in 1987 and 1997-98. The same thing is happening now.” In the process, racial issues would be raised to deflect attention from the divisions in the party leadership.
Accompanying Kumar were his team of activists and supporters, who were seen distributing reading material and Abolish-ISA badges.
Kumar, however, had to cut short his appearance and rush to a nearby police station with a few of his colleagues to assist nine Hindraf supporters, including two women, who were detained by police for taking part in a protest against a rival group claiming to be Makkal Sakthi supporters earlier in the day. He was at the station talking to the police until well past midnight.
Apart from Kumar, other speakers at the ceramah included his brother-in-law Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Gobalakrishnan, Azmin Ali, Hatta Ramli, Wan Azizah and Anwar. Gobalakrishnan, speaking after Anwar, lashed out at the police for their action against the Hindraf supporters.
PKR’s Jason Ong meanwhile impressed the crowd by quoting Qur’anic verses about the real meaning of justice.