PORT DICKSON: The attendance at a Pakatan Harapan (PH) ceramah in Pasir Panjang last night was nothing to shout about.
However, a word with those present quickly showed that they were thrilled to finally meet the man of the hour – PH candidate Anwar Ibrahim.
A Pasir Panjang resident, Lim Khiun, 66, said they never imagined that they would meet the PKR president-elect in person.
“We’re really happy that he came to visit us in this quiet neighbourhood.
“There are not many of us here, but he made it a point to come and see us, we are very honoured to have him here.
“I am particularly happy that I got to shake his hand, I don’t think I want to wash my hands for a week,” said Lim with a laugh.
When asked if they wanted Anwar as an MP for Port Dickson, Lim said there was no question about it.
“Previously, before PKR existed, we had no choice but to pick a side.
“When PKR came in, we knew it was a better choice when we started noticing that the former administration wasn’t going in the right direction anymore,” he said.
His neighbour, Koh Sing Nan, 53, attributed last night’s poor attendance to the fact that many were not aware of the ceramah.
“Usually they would come out, it was just that people didn’t know about this ceramah tonight,” he said.
Koh said they look forward to having Anwar as the next prime minister and they are happy that he is contesting in Port Dickson.
“We have no qualms about him becoming the next prime minister. It is an honour. All of us here are ready to vote for Pakatan Harapan,” he said.
The Port Dickson parliamentary seat fell vacant when its MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah stepped down to allow Anwar to contest the seat in the latter’s bid to return to Parliament.
This is the fourth by-election since the 14th general election.
The Port Dickson by-election will see a seven-cornered contest, where Anwar will face former Umno leader Isa Samad, former air force officer Mohd Nazari Mokhtar from PAS, Anwar’s former political aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, and independent candidates Stevie Chan Keng Leong, Lau Seck Yan and Kan Chee Yuen.