100,000 rally in Penang in wake of vote-buying claims

by Susan Loone
8:31AM May 4, 2013

PENANG Pakatan Rakyat held several gatherings in Penang yesterday, including a mammoth rally at the Esplanade which was swarmed by about 100,000 people who stayed until midnight.

This is the coalition’s biggest rally on the island where it managed to collect a record RM505,000 in donations from its supporters.

The carnival-like event, which included a stage and canopy, dozens of hawker stalls and DAP’s own merchandise sales corner, kicked off at 5pm while about 500 people watched a mini-concert by local bands such as Zombie Station, TUC, and Sweet Scream.

The open field facing the iconic British-styled Town Hall building was packed by 8pm, including youths and senior citizens, and the crowd spilled over onto the surrounding roads.

Several small separate rallies were held in front of the Town Hall and nearby Clock Tower with groups of supporters waving opposition party flags while blowing the vuvuzuela, wildly deafening to the ears.

The overwhelming support for Pakatan dismisses fears that its candidates would lose out to BN in Penang due to alleged money politics in the form of betting, lucky draws, cash handouts, free meals and outdoor entertainment.

At one point, BN supporters also held a small protest nearby, outside the Umno Tanjung operations centre along Bishop street; but there was no report of clashes between the group and their rivals en route to the Esplanade.

The crowd was delighted when DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang took the stage, saying he should be in Gelang Patah for an event but “vote buying” tactics in the state drove him into heading to Penang due to the

“I feel very angry that my daughter-in-law Betty Chew and our supporters had to go bald to protest against money politics,” he said, referring to yesterday morning’s event at the Kek Lok Si Temple.

“How come our politics have descended to such a low level?” he asked. “Penangites and Malaysians are crying. Who bears the responsibility for this situation?” he queried.

The crowd shouted “Goh Choon Lye!” in reply.

Goh, a well-known property developer once known as the ‘diamond king’, was reported in the Chinese press to have dished out RM100 in cash at a 1Malaysia dinner two days ago.

The diners had reportedly rushed to get the money and the situation became so chaotic that Goh decided to set up a RM20 million charity fund instead.

However, Kit Siang reminded the crowd that it was caretaker prime minister Najib Razak who should be held responsible for vote-buying because he condoned such a blatant display of it in Penang.

“BN buying votes is an insult to Penangites. We hope on May 5, Penangites will decide to make Najib the last prime minister from BN,” he said, drawing loud applause.

Kit Siang serenades crowd

Kit Siang then broke into a classical Mandarin song titled “I have a lot of money” to express his disgust at the situation.

Accompanying him were Pakatan leaders including DAP chairperson Karpal Singh, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PAS deputy president Mohammed Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, who were greeted with great enthusiasm by the mostly Chinese crowd.

Kit Siang accompanied by his son, Guan Eng, after the latter’s speech, left the ceramah venue for the airport at about 9pm to return to Gelang Patah in southern Johor where he is facing off against caretaker Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman.

Mat Sabu (left) also left after his speech to be greeted by about 1,000 people in Tasek Gelugor, an Umno stronghold in Penang where PAS is seeking to wrest the parliamentary seat from its rival.

Last night’s rally was in stark contrast to a gathering held by Umno in Seberang Jaya yesterday where about 1,000 turned up to meet former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Similarly, only about 400 attracted to a free musical concert organised by the 1Malaysia Penang Welfare Club, which is publicly aligned to Najib, at the Queensbay Mall last night.

The crowd size at the Esplanade also clearly outnumbered the 10,000 strong crowd which took part in a free dinner and mega-musical concert held by the 1Malaysia Club in honour of Najib in Rifle Range three days ago.

At the event, Najib announced the building of 9,999 low, medium-cost and affordable apartments for the local folks there.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 4 May 2013 - 12:32 pm

    The evidence of possible 40K from Sabah and Sarawak is just the tip of the iceberg. They are bringing them in through land, sea, also..The number could be enormous..The people behind these things are like the Rahim Thamby Chiks of UMNO/BN..Nothing they won’t do..

    PR definitely have 53% of the popular vote but to beat the fraud, less then 55% would be risky…

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Saturday, 4 May 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Penang lang very lucky 1, they very wisely voted 4 PR on 308 n they r now enjoying their fruits – being treated specially by UmnoB/BN n their cronies

    In recent days, at least two super-rich Chinese M’sians became Money God 钱神爷, giving ang pow freely 2 Penang lang n organisations

    Now one of them openly hentam LGE n ampu AhCheatKor

    They think 有钱能使鬼推磨
    Don’t forget 善有善报,恶有恶报

    Can rakyat, voters trust racist n corrupt UmnoB/BN, Perkosa, AhCheatKor, MMK, etc?

    Grab their $$$$ but VOTE 4 PR!
    Don’t worry, d two super-rich Chinese M’sians n 一马组织 will b around 2 give more $$$$ 2 Penang lang as long as Penang is under PR control

  3. #3 by 1elderly voter on Saturday, 4 May 2013 - 2:04 pm

    PENANG LANG, please use you valuable vote wisely. Use it to vote in a better Malaysia, a free, clean and peaceful Malaysia for all Malaysian, for the present as well as the future Malaysian. A free, clean and peaceful Malaysia for your children, your children’s children and their children’s children. For all the future generations of Malaysians.



  4. #4 by on cheng on Saturday, 4 May 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Tell Chinese Islam country, tell Malay Christian country, how can anyone such party which tell 2 different stories ? Just throw such najis party OUT !

  5. #5 by on cheng on Saturday, 4 May 2013 - 9:06 pm

    same name, 3 diff ic nos, 490715065233, 490715065161, 490715065137, what is the probability of 3 diff. persons have same name, same date of birth? (all 3 persons in Pahang state)
    anyone can calculate?

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