Clear mood swings for PR in Batu Pahat and Muar
Chua and Anwar in Batu Pahat’s Sungai Tongkang Rengit.
JOHOR (March 1, 2013): It was a worthwhile jelajah for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and Johor PKR chairman Chua Jui Meng on March 1, 2013.
They shuttled three political rallies, from Ledang to Muar and then Batu Pahat, ending their successful trilogy at 1am on March 2, 2013.
In Barisan Nasional (BN)-Umno’s bastion state of Johor, the response to Opposition political rallies in the March 2008 12th General Election were demoralising, to say the least.
Attracting a 500-people crowd was considered lucky, a 1,000-people assembly was a bonus.
But Johoreans today are flocking to PR’s political rallies by thousands.
Despite the hot and humid weather and a working day, some 800 people turned up at the 5pm ceramah in Batu Tiga, Tanjong Gading, Ledang, to hear what Chua and Anwar had to say.
After dinner, prayers and a short rest in a hotel in Muar, Chua and Anwar headed for a ceramah outside Muar PKR’s office.
They were greeted by some 4,000 Johoreans cheering, clapping and shouting Reformasi! And Ubah!
Chua and Anwar in the ceramah outside the Muar PKR office.
During the ceramah, Chua tested the crowd, throwing in questions which the crowd responded with loud roars of “No” and “Yes”, depending on the question.
They would shout “No” when asked if they supported BN or Najib Umno and “Yes” to PR and Anwar.
Chua then remarked that Johoreans were waras (rational) and the crowd roared and clapped to show their approval.
After explaining some of the key measures in PR’s people-centric Manifesto Rakyat, Chua handed the stage over to Anwar who arrived at 9.30pm.
Chua headed for the third destination – a long journey to Batu Pahat’s Dataran Sungai Tongkang Rengit where about 8,000 Johoreans, comprising 95% Malays, waited for Chua and Anwar.
Chua arrived at 11.15pm and was greeted by shouts of Reformasi!
The mood of the crowd was equally enthusiastic as the Muar assembly, responding to Chua’s questions with “No” and “Yes” depending on the question.
Again Chua said this is definitely a waras crowd and the crowd responded with claps.
The details of the PR manifesto are now available online. You have a choice to view the summary or full manifesto, in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Tamil, Iban or Kadazan.
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Here's a collection of pix for your view:
In Batu Tiga, Tanjong Gading, Ledang:
Outside Muar PKR’s office:
In Batu Pahat’s Dataran Sungai Tongkang Rengit: