Thousands come out for Dr M’s historic stump for Anwar in PD.
- Joyous crowd of more than 2,000
- Dr M says happy to campaign for Anwar
- Anwar says Dr M best man to lead the country
- Anwar wants to reform parliament, leave handling the country to Dr M
- Pledge to let the past be in the past, unite and bring country back on the right track
People came out yesterday in droves to watch the Prime Minister stump for foe-turned-friend Anwar Ibrahim in the Port Dickson by-election.
Dr Mahathir received a thunderous welcome when he arrived at 10.10pm at Pakatan Harapan’s mega-ceramah on Monday (Oct 8).
Pakatan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrived at 9.25pm.
Both their arrivals were greeted by cheers of “reformasi” and vuvuzela horns.
Other top Pakatan leaders such as PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, were also present.
Port Dickson residents were seen congregating in front of the Pakatan operations centre at Jalan Waterfront as early as 6pm.
Pakatan supporters were clad in red-coloured T-shirts.
By 9pm, more than 2,000 people had already shown up and taken their seats under the canopy near the Port Dickson waterfront.
Braving the rain with their umbrellas, eager supporters were not the only ones who came out for the ceramah, as clothes, food and book vendors had also set up shop along the adjacent sidewalks, attracting crowds throughout the evening.
Prior to Dr Mahathir’s arrival, other prominent Pakatan leaders, including Fahmi Fadzil, Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli, Kapar MP Abdullah Sani and others took to the stage and gave speeches.
Security was tight around the vicinity, as scores of uniformed and plain-clothes police officers combed the entire area, hours before the mega-ceramah began.
Dr Mahathir told thousands of voters that he is happy to campaign for Anwar.
He said it was time to let the past be in the past and to unite and become stronger.
Anwar also said he was willing to leave things in the past to reform the country and bring it back to the right track.
Expressing his admiration towards his former arch nemesis, Anwar said Dr Mahathir is
the best man to lead the country at the moment, given the condition it was in due to the previous administration.
“I can tell you that the best person to run it now is Tun Dr Mahathir. I am saying this with all sincerity. I love him as a father and a leader.
“Yes, I fought against him but now I accept that he is the best man to lead Malaysia,” said Anwar.
“His leadership is very critical now. Imagine, all the damages caused by Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, including on institutions that are meant to protect the rakyat’s interests,” Anwar added.
“I want to return to parliament to reform it. But the task to handle the country, I must say we must leave it up to Mahathir and his wisdom”.
Anwar said he was touched that a veteran statesman as Mahathir was willing to let go of his past differences, in order to join hands with him for the betterment of the country.
He said not many world leaders had leadership qualities like Mahathir and that the rakyat was fortunate to have someone like him to save the country.
“When he came to Port Dickson to campaign (for me), the old feeling of love (for him) has returned.
“He made the decision (to campaign) after considering and thinking what’s best for the country. For that, I salute you,” he said.