PETALING JAYA, Sept 1, 2015:
At least two Barisan Nasional (BN) component party leaders are expected to join the Opposition pact with PKR being their most likely destination.
The party’s vice-president Rafizi Ramli said this when announcing that two members of the Parlimen Belia, Wan Abdullah Mujahid Hasanuddin from Selangor and Mohd Mustaqum Abdul Jalil from Pahang, had joined the party’s youth wing.
He added that he expected more members from the Parlimen Belia to join the Opposition fold.
“There will some people from BN joining us but we will only be announcing the top leaders who join us, some of them could be former leaders, ” he said, without either naming the individuals or indicating which party they were from.
The Pandan Member of Parliament also said that the recently concluded Bersih 4 has brought about an awareness never seen before.
“People today are more willing to stand up to fight for what they believe in,” he said adding that this was one of the main reasons as to why they were joining the Opposition.
Citing himself as an example, Rafizi said he was never politically active person but after certain incidents, he felt it was not enough being a citizen and decided to join PKR in supporting a political cause.
On the lack of Malay participation during the recent Bersih 4 rally, the PKR secretary-general said it was not true.
He said the numbers may have dropped by about 20,000 because PAS did not participate but the hardcore supporters numbering to some 100,000 were there.
“You cannot just look at one location and say it was predominantly Chinese, of course at Dataran Maybank the Chinese outnumbered everyone, as it was nearer to Petaling Street and other majority Chinese areas.
“But the opposite end at Sogo there were huge number of Malays. In fact more Malays came out on the second day for the finale.
“During the last hours of the rally the front areas around the Dataran Merdeka stage, the Malays dominated. “
He said it must be realised that from Bersih 1 to Bersih 4 the numbers have grown from just about 20,000 to 300,000, when it came to quantifying support.
He added that just because one could not see huge number of Malays does not mean they do not support Bersih.