Varying estimates of Perkasa AGM turnout

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Perkasa held its first AGM at the PWTC in KL this morning with Mahathir in the spotlight – but estimates of the turnout vary.


The large crowd at the PWTC – Photo twittered by Tun Faisal (More photos here)

Malaysiakini put the turnout at more than 2,000.

According to blogger Aisehman, the MC said 8,000 seats were put out but the crowd was 10,000-strong.

Aisehman himself thinks the turnout was 3,000-4,000 max, many of them from the older generation. (He had earlier estimated the crowd at 5,000). Check out his tweets here.

Whatever the case, the large hall looks quite full.

When you want to rally your supporters, the easiest way is to focus on an (imaginary?) enemy or adversary. Better still, more than one! Among those singled out for criticism by speakers at the AGM (drum-roll, please):

  • Anwar (for the usual)
  • Khairy (“newly hatched politician”! – haha)
  • DAP (‘Malaysian Malaysia’ concept)
  • Malaysiakini (allegedly disuniting the Malays)
  • Malaysian Insider (ditto)
  • Liberal Malay bloggers
  • “A group of extremist people”
  • Pas (allegedly failing to protect Islam)
  • Saifuddin (alleged contempt of court)

Commendation:

  • Utusan Malaysia (not surprisingly)
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Neutral
Neutral
30 Mar 2010 3.40pm

Hi Gerakan K & Ong Eu Soon.. where are your comments.
Nothing to say? or afraid to offend the M….ultras.
Miss your comments lah.

Palarichie
Palarichie
29 Mar 2010 6.28pm

Dear Gerakan K;

Do you have some words of encouragement for the Perkasa? you always did find some for BN.

How about, good idea on 67% target based on racial composition! that make Malay really productive!

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
29 Mar 2010 8.56am

It looks like some people are so desperate to prevent
Anwar Ibrahim from becoming PM that they are willing to endorse neo-fascism in Malaysia.

Old Machiavellian politicians don’t die, they just
spring up from time to time to torment the younger generations?

Knut
Knut
28 Mar 2010 4.02pm

Honestly i really can’t see the diff between perkasa and the wackier elements in UMNO.

Iron
Iron
28 Mar 2010 7.36pm
Reply to  Knut

Same soup, different bowl.

O
O
30 Mar 2010 12.13am
Reply to  Iron

And don’t forget Uthayakumar, HRP!

Lookinground
Lookinground
28 Mar 2010 3.03pm

To me, I was there just to see the happening but not to support. I believe no more than 70% of the turnout was there to support.

gotta
gotta
28 Mar 2010 2.55pm

These people are the type for Gerakan K. His friends.

Iron
Iron
28 Mar 2010 7.35pm
Reply to  gotta

These people are the type for Gerakan K. His friends.

One innocent question:

If Gerakan K is thrown into a cell with those Perkasa people, what do you think will happen to Gerakan K?

LOL !!

Bigjoe
Bigjoe
28 Mar 2010 11.12am

The key issue is that the number is a few thousand. These kinds of group are the same everywhere. Its not their number or message to worry about. Its not even their agenda. Its the methods that they are willing to resort to…

The more public they are, actually the better. Its those that did not show up that should worry people.

Iron
Iron
28 Mar 2010 6.12am

Anil, Why don’t you do a piece on “Resource Allocation” for what is happening in Malaysia? The resources of this country have been plundered so badly that now almost everything is gone that now they are forced to turn to the virgin forests (what’s left in Malaysia that is still relatively untouched) to find new resources to plunder — that’s what we see happening to the Orang Asli (their ancestral lands have been taken away from them) and the sudden interest in massive dam building programs in Sarawak. Do a piece on how much Malaysia’s resources have been plundered, Anil.… Read more »

FenceSitter
FenceSitter
27 Mar 2010 11.51pm

This organisation is (allegedly) a proxy for umno. It is formed to do all the dirty racist work for them. Don’t tell me all those protection by the constitution, ngos, umno’s little napoleons, pas and pkr outcasts, pro-gov bloggers and cybertroopers, gov controlled MSM, btn, nep, deb, nem, ros,civil servants, macc, justice system, police and army are not enough. Incredible bunch of clowns.

joe
joe
27 Mar 2010 9.07pm

Aren’t the fears of the majority of the malays – that if they are not protected, they will lose their country to the hard working chinese – justified?

if i were a young malay living in a small flat with a wife and three or four kids, and earning a salary of a couple of thousand and yet having it hard to make ends meet, i will be very afraid of the future if the ‘liberals’ of this country had their way!

Vincent
Vincent
27 Mar 2010 6.26pm

At least 10 million people there I feel.Pekasa will become the largest group in the world in 2 years and become more powerful than US republican/democrats combined.Malaysia can be the most powerful nation in world soon.We have a good future

Sharath
Sharath
27 Mar 2010 6.05pm

Mr.Anil,
Let perkasa highlight to POOR MALAYSIANS…how a malay hero Dr.M`s son is one of the top richest man in the world….let all this POOR MALAYSIANS understand how socio-economic balance is happening in this country for the past 50 years…..I pity those illiterates attended that AGM….may be they are happy at getting a free lunch lah….

ShiokGuy
27 Mar 2010 5.26pm

The seating capacity for ONE BLOCK 20 chairs x 16 rows = 320 (assuming fulling seated block) The pictures I have seen is 8 BLOCKS but not fully occupied = 8 x 320 = 2560 peoples. Now I cannot see the back of the block or are there any block on the top. Are the seating arrange in Stadium style where we have upper Floor. To have 10,000 people we need 10,000/320 = 31 Blocks. and assuming the hall width is 8 blocks meaning we have to have a deep hall of 4 BLOCK Rows.. So far I can see… Read more »

Huda
Huda
27 Mar 2010 5.07pm

And I am a Malay who is entertaining the idea of migrating.

tunglang
tunglang
27 Mar 2010 4.56pm

Hoay, Ibrahim Alik,
Don’t forget who pay the most taxes, to finance you, your children, your grandchildren who need not fork out a single cent while at schools / unis.
For the past 52 years!

Dr. Pang HC
Dr. Pang HC
27 Mar 2010 3.57pm

And thus begins another era of facism in Tanah Melayu.

O
O
27 Mar 2010 3.52pm

Yes, those from the older generations are those that Perkasa can exploit, but, the younger generations are going to have none of it. (Many of) those attending Perkasa’s meeting are those who are probably living on handouts from UMNO Baru, and they needed to be constantly fed.

They still think the younger generation Malays are so incapable and uncompetitive like them….

Anak anak Melayu yang muda yang bukan ahli UMNO Baru, kini bersaing di dunia antarabangsa, dan ahli UMNO Baru, masih mau diberi tongkat! Sampai bila? Sudah sampai tua pun tak cukup ke?…

Cina Bukit
Cina Bukit
27 Mar 2010 3.33pm

Mahathir has sink to his low, many chinese will lose respect for this old man.

He is helping to propogate racism.

Iron
Iron
28 Mar 2010 6.04am
Reply to  Cina Bukit

Mahathir has sink to his low, many chinese will lose respect for this old man.

LOL !

Many Chinese WILL lose respect for that old man?

Are you kidding or what?

You mean, you actually respected (him) before??

LOL !!!!

Oh boy, I sure got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell ya.

tan, tanjong bungah
tan, tanjong bungah
27 Mar 2010 3.27pm

Hi everyone, Why is there no criticism on the ‘hijacking of the NEP’ by the elitists amongst the UMNOputras and BNputras to enrich themselves and their cronies? Why is there no criticism that such hijacking is still continuing – that there is still no political will and effective actions to put a stop to the leaks at the expense of the ordinary bumiputras in particular and all Malaysian taxpayers in general? Is PERKASA formed to protect vested interests to perpetuate the ‘plunder’ of the taxpayers money? Or is it formed to ensure that for every RM1 meant for the ordinary… Read more »

Iron
Iron
27 Mar 2010 1.37pm

Thank you, Perkasa.

Thank you because all my children are living outside of Malaysia and only come back once a while to makan.

Thank you, Perkasa.

Thank you because most of my money and property is outside of Malaysia.

Thank you, Perkasa.

wandererAUS
wandererAUS
27 Mar 2010 1.32pm

THE EMERGENCE OF A ‘FAULTLESS MELAYU ORGANIZATION’… THE OCCASION WAS GRACED BY A SPENT FORCE “MAGICAL MAN”….
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT, WHAT A PROMISING START FOR THE KETUANAN MELAYU OF BOLEHLAND!!