Some 2000 people turned up for the anti-apostasy Himpun gathering at the Pusat Budi Penyayang hall in Kepala Batas today.
According to a Pas activist who dropped by for a few minutes to size up the event, about 500-1000 people were inside the hall with the rest milling around outside.
The activist, familiar with the surrounding areas, estimated that some three quarters of the crowd were probably Umno supporters while about 5-10 per cent were Pas supporters.
Organisers had reportedly hoped to draw 20000 people to the event.
Pas itself had not used the Pusat Budi Penyayang hall, located near Dewan Millennium, for its party activities over the last few years, added the party activist.
The hall is listed on the website of Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia, which has close links to the Badawi family. Have a look at who is on the board of trustees of this foundation.
The Pas activist claimed that one of the main organisers of today’s event is a former Pas official who had quit the party.