Written by Surin Murugiah
SIMPANG: The PAS candidate for the Bukit Gantang by-election, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, was like a rock star last night.
It was a dinner organised by DAP at a Chinese restaurant here, and the crowd was brimming to the seams at the makeshift tent.
It is estimated that at least 4,000 people came to hear speakers the likes of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, and others from DAP.
Then there was Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
While BN has been meeting the non-Malay voters with Umno Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin leading the charge, and several goodies being dished out, the opposition has been meeting the locals at dinners.
But if the dinner last night is likened to a rock concert, the ousted Perak Menteri Besar would have been the main act.
Although each of the political figures received thunderous applause upon entering the tent, it was Nizar who received the noisiest welcome.
Chants of “Nizar, Nizar” reverberated through the tent, the local Chinese showing their immense support for him.
And Nizar had them eating out of his hands, for when he started his speech, the crowd clapped practically at the end of every sentence.
“Our hands are tied, our feet are tied, our eyes have been shut and they want to fight us,” he said in an apparent refernce to the gag imposed on PAS by the police in issuing permits for ceramah.
“We will show Umno and BN from this by-election that enough is enough,” he said.
“This is a golden opportunity to send a signal to the new PM that we don’t need them anymore,” he said to loud cheers from the crowd.
As he ended his speech, he made an impassionate appeal for the voters to pick PAS over BN.
“We want to end BN’s disriminatory policies. We want to guarantee a harmonious future for all generations to come, not just in Perak but in the country,” he said.
As he left the stage, shouts of “Hidup, hidup, hidup rakyat” and “Bubar bubar, bubar DUN Perak” continued on as he moved on to his next ceramah.