The chairs inside the hall were for only about 200 people and it was almost full when the forum started. As the forum progresses, more chairs were brought in which was not still enough and the remaining attendees will have to do good by standing. My estimated crowd were 600 to 800 people attending this forum.
These numbers itself shows that people are very aware of the political situation in this country. I can still remember when political forums were held prior to the 12th GE , the crowd at best was between 100 to 150 people. People are not afraid to attend such forum now even though there are police and SB present.
The speakers for the night were:
YB Liew Chin Tong (MP for Bukit Bendera)
YB Chong Eng ( MP for Bukit Mertajam)
YB Sivanesan (Exco Perak)
YB Mujahid Yusof Rawa (MP Parit Buntar / PAS National Unity Bureau Chief)
Special unconfirmed guest speaker who surprises the crowd was the Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
I am writing with recollections from memory of the event.
One of the main point of this forum is to show support for Perakians on the Perak crisis. Speaker YB Sivanesan, still the legitimate Exco member, spoke on how he was approached by agents from certain party to convince him to cross over to the opposition so that they can gain the majority of State Assemblymen to form the state government. On the first attempt, he was offered 5 million ringgit plus other perks and this amount was raised to 10 million ringgit on their second attempt. He went on explaining the progress and status for the past 10 months of Pakatan Rakyat rule. He ended with the call to Penangnites to give support in wresting back the state through legal means or new state election.
The other speakers also stressed on the immoral, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab of the Perak State and show their support to YB Sivanesan and Nizar as the Mentri Bersar Of Perak.
YB Chong Eng is optimistic that a better Malaysia awaits us. We are now facing the cold and dark winter and soon spring will arrive. She pointed out that with new technology and the internet, people are now well informed of the truth of what is happening around the country and bn could no longer depend on their controlled mass media to report only on what they want the people to read. The call for Pakatan Rakyat to gain control of the federal government in the next GE received big applause from the crowd.
YB Mujahid Yusof Rawa, I just love this PAS man. His articulate speech combine with his humor is well received by the crowd. He pointed out that the country cannot change, its the people that can make the change. He uses Barrack Obama as an example, how he won his presidency through change. He goes on to explain that PAS is an Islamic party and its principle and how bn is trying to portrait it as extremist and terrorist just to frighten the people. PAS do not differentiate among the races as all races are the same form of human kind. PAS is for all. He was interrupted half way through his speech by the arrival of the Chief Minister. He stresses that the tie among DAP, PAS and PKR are strong and intact. Although there may be some differences, they are open, transparent and sincere in resolving these issues.
The Chief Minister, as usual, with his oracle skill, mixing different languages and hokkien, never fail to enlighten the crowd. He spoke about the Perak crisis and how umno try to accuse Pakatan Rakyat of treason. Pakatan Rakyat he explained, is not challenging the Sultan but the immoral, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab of the Perak State by umno. He reminded the crowd that umno had forgotten what they did in Perlis and Trengganu when the Sultans objected to the pm choice of MB. What umno did were then not treason, by holding demonstrations and banners insulting the Sultan.
The CM continue with his progress report on Penang which he is now governing.
I was away for a puff of the cancer stick when YB Liew Chin Tong make his speech.
Due to time constrain the Q & A was cut short with only two questions.