Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was among the crowd who gathered in a show of strength against Pakatan Rakyat.
SHAH ALAM: Some 2,000 people including former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Selangor Barisan Nasional leaders today gathered at a Perkasa rally here, which called for the ouster of Pakatan Rakyat state government ahead of a crucial general election.
Dubbed by the organiser as its final rally before the polls, the rally drew many BN supporters who donned the coalition signature blue T-shirt or Perkasa red T-shirt.
When Mahathir arrived at 3.30pm at a school field, the crowd waved the BN flags enthusiastically and chanted “Hidup Tun”.
“With this kind of spirit, I am confident that come the 13th general election, Pakatan will be finished off here,” declared Perkasa vice-president Zulkilfli Noordin.
Also in the rally were Selangor Barisan Nasional vice-president Noh Omar, Selangor BN coordinator Mohd Zin Mohamed, NGO Jalur Tiga (Jati) chief Hassan Ali, businesswoman Ummi Hafilda Ali, leaders of anti-Anwar Ibrahim group Tibai, former Inspector-General of Police Rahim Noor and Perkasa leaders.
Zulkifli, a PKR MP until he was sacked by the party in 2010, told the crowd that many individuals who had joined the “reformasi” movement in support of Anwar in the 1990s have now repented.
“All of us who have opposed Tun [Mahathir] before are sharing the same stage with him today. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Tun. Sorry Tun, we were misled,” he said, turning to Mahathir.
When Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali took to the stage, he said he would expose the dirt on Pakatan Rakyat. He then brandished a white file before the crowd, telling them that the file purportedly contains PAS guidelines on Islam.
“If they [PAS] followed what was stated in the guidelines [which was approved by the party’s Syura Council in 2010], they would have quit Pakatan long ago,” he said.
Ibrahim, the Pasir Mas MP, also promised he would expose another ugly side of Pakatan: its land scandals after nomination day.
He claimed that he has information on certain individuals in Selangor who had purchased many plot of lands through illegal means.
“But I won’t elaborate on this today. I will reveal all after the nomination day,” he said.
Throughout his speech, Ibrahim repeatedly accused Anwar of being a transsexual, saying that the opposition leader should change his name to “Anwar bin Buntu” (buttock), while praising Rahim for punching Anwar when the latter was under police remand.
Mahathir, in his speech, sneered at Anwar who he said was only interested in becoming prime minister.
“I think we should have 50 prime minister’s posts so that we can give him one. If he really wants to sit in Putrajaya, we can prepare a room for him,” he said mockingly.
He also criticised PAS leaders for branding themselves as religious scholars but behaving like politicians.
“They always say even if Umno members pray, our prayers won’t be heard by God. But who is he to decide whether our prayers are heard or not? Have they gone to ask God?” he said to applause.
The two-hour long rally ended with Ibrahim leading the crowd to chant “hidup BN”.