It is a big moral boost for the opposition coalition as the general election looms.
KOTA BARU: Pakatan Rakyat received a huge dose of moral support when more than 20,000
people showed up to listen to its senior leaders last night at the start of the “uprising of the people” rally, which would be held in stages in several states in the country.
Seen as Pakatan’s strategic response to preparing for the 13th general election, the rally at theSultan Mohammad IV Stadium here saw various interest groups voicing their support for the opposition.
It was also seen as a move to convince the people that Kelantan PAS remains stronger than ever politically despite the growing worries over the health of its long-serving Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who is ailing.
PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, who is one of the planners behind this series of rallies, told
the crowd that the rally comprises Felda settlers group (Anak), a coalition demanding fair oil royalty for Kelantan; the anti-Lynas movement; Himpunan Hijau; Bersih and other like-minded NGOs.
The group will be accompanied by the core supporters of PAS, PKR and DAP.
Mohamad said the inclusion of various groups demonstrates that Pakatan was on the right track in trying to capture the country in the next election.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Mohamad were the “star” speakers at the rally.
Mohamad said the rally will be held in as many states as possible with the grand finale planned for Kuala Lumpur towards the end of the year.
Pakatan leaders are bracing for the general election to be held by early next year.
Earlier at the annual PAS muktamar (national conference) here, DAP central working committee member Liew Chin Tong said that he does not expect the differences between his party and PAS over the adoption of hudud to derail the efforts of the alliance to win electoral support.
Liew said the important thing is that the people know what Pakatan plans to do through its Orange Book masterplan.
The imposition of hudud is not listed in the masterplan.
“We shall stick to the Orange Book to woo support,” he said.
The contents of the book represent Pakatan’s election promises to the people for the next five years, Liew said.
“Pakatan should not look ahead too far. Let us focus on the next five years first.”
The three-day muktamar saw some 1,116 delegates attending it and is considered to be the last gathering of the party faithful before the next election.