According to June 9 news reports in Sin Chew Daily and China Press, "more than 20,000" Malaysians of all races attended luncheon hosted by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to celebrate their daughter's wedding in Ceruk To'kun, Penang.
Ceruk To'kun, a traditional Malay kampung located in the racially-mixed vicinity of Bukit Mertajam on the mainland portion of Penang state, is the family home of Anwar.
According to the reports, among the guests and well-wishers who made their way to Anwar's family home from 11am to 5pm were Gerakan state government executive councillor Dr Toh Kin Woon, DAP members of parliament and state assembly representatives.
There were also Chinese school teachers and other politically non-partisan leaders of the local Chinese cultural and clan associations. Before participating actively in social activism and politics, Anwar, 55, was once a teacher in a Chinese school in Bukit Mertajam.
The Sin Chew Daily report further noted that when Keadilan vice-president Tian Chua arrived in Ceruk To'kun, chants of "reformasi" was heard, although the host had reportedly made it "clear" that it was not meant to be a political gatheting.