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10,000 at Reformasi 2.0 rally in Kajang

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DAY 11 KAJANG What’s happening in the by-election campaign in the state constituency of Kajang? Quotable quotes, planned events and unplanned incidents as they take place.

11.40pm: Reformasi 2.0 rally director Tian Chua is called on stage and introduces the 'icon for change and fighting spirit', none other than the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar takes the stage, accompanied by cheers from the crowd, proving he is still a force to reckoned with.

Anwar today also blames BN for briefing the foreign media including UK tabloid Daily Mail into publishing a story linking him to the MH370 crisis.

“I know who briefed Daily Mail and the UK press... as the article came out, all Umno blogs and cybertroopers began to attack me,” he tells the crowd at Kajang Stadium.

Anwar finishes his 20-minute speech at midnight, saying he still defends the Kajang Move as it will pave the way for Pakatan to take over Putrajaya no matter what happens to him.

He then shouts ‘Reformasi’, before the crowd disperses.

11.30pm: Lim Kit Siang takes to the stage with Gobind Singh Deo.

Lim says a vote for Wan Azizah isn’t just a vote for a new Kajang assemblyperson but also a vote for Malaysia’s first female prime minister.

Gobind, representing his father Karpal Singh, warns the Najib administration that they can’t use draconian laws any more to punish others.

“You cannot break us!” and “Najib, your time has come,” he shouts to a cheering crowd.

11.20pm: Exactly at 11.22pm MC Badrul Hisham Shaharin call for the lights to go out and plays a Nasyid song named ‘ Teman Sejati’ (True Companion).

The blackout atmosphere is to remind the people of the ‘blackout’ campaign by Pakatan in protesting the GE13 results, and the scene is lit-up by thousands of mobile phones.

Wan Azizah takes to the stage and urges the people of Kajang to vote for her and give justice to her husband Anwar.

11.15pm: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng agrees with DPM Muhyiddin Yassin’s assessment that BN leaders have hundreds of years worth of experience compared to the Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

Addressing the almost 10,000-odd crowd inside the stadium, Lim, together with PAS vice-presidents Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Husam Musa urge the people stand against the injustice of BN government and make sure Wan Azizah Wan Ismail wins the by-election.

11pm: Anwar has arrived and is now seated among the other Pakatan leaders.

Crowd has swelled to 10,000 strong.

11pm: About a quarter of the 150 or so tables at the MCA dinner are now empty even though deputy president Wee Ka Siong is still talking.

He makes several references to Wan Azizah’s and Chew’s ethnicity in his speech.

10.30pm: A crowd of about 7,000 are in the Kajang stadium as more and more leaders come up to speak on stage.

Given only three to five minutes each, multiple leaders from Pakatan parties talk about justice, reformasi and Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction.

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, the twelfth speaker tonight, urges the people to bury Chew Mei Fun in Sunday’s by-election and make BN lose its deposit.

Meanwhile, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar went on stage with national laureate A Samad Said who then recites a poem.

Nurul Izzah followed up urging the people to follow Pak Samad’s lead in going onto the street to fight BN’s corruption and unjust practices.

9.45pm: There are at least 1,500 people at a mega-dinner organised by MCA at Kampung Bukit Angkat.

The backdrop at the large marquee tent shows Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Chew, but Muhyiddin has cancelled on the event.

The crowd, which is mostly Chinese and of varied ages, are entertained by local pop stars while they patiently wait for the next course.

Several in the crowd are so roused by MCA president Liow Tiong Lai’s speech that they give him a standing ovation.

Behind him on stage are a host of lucky draw prizes to be won, including a washing machine, television set, vacuum cleaner and a slow cooker.

9.30pm: Crowd increases to more than 3,000 as more speakers are beginning to take turns to speak.

MCs Badrul Hisham or better known as Chegubard takes turns with Kuala Sepetang assemblyperson Chua Yee Ling in introducing the speakers for the night.

Selangor deputy speaker Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was the first to speak to the crowd.

The PKR Youth chief aspirant wastes no time bashing Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin for saying that PKR candidate Wan Azizah is not a suitable candidate for Kajang.

Scores of leaders came to the stage to speak for about five minutes each.

9pm: Pakatan Rakyat’s so called Mega Rally kicks off at Stadium Kajang. A crowd of about 2,000 strewn all over the stadium field and the many hawkers there were greeted by SAMM chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin, who invited the band Cobra on stage.

The hard rock band starts playing, cheered on by a few vuvuzela-blowing supporters.

8.20pm: A small crowd of about 200 people have started to gather near the main stage.

Meanwhile, rock band Gubra is setting up their equipment next to the main stage.

7.30pm: It's still relatively quiet at the Kajang Stadium where PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is set to give a special speech and launch Reformasi 2.0.

Those already here are browsing along the many Selangorku Karnival Rakyat stalls circling the stadium's track.

It looks set to be a rather festive rally, and traders are expecting good business.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua says it'll be the biggest rally in the whole by-election period and expects between 5,000 to 10,000 participants.

One of the rally’s participants is 71-year-old Shamsudin Ithnin.

He was there for the first Reformasi, and now he’s here for the second one.

“This needs to happen, because through the normal democratic process the government doesn’t listen to the people,” he says while observing PKR workers setting up the rally’s main stage.

7pm: Having campaigned on ‘integrity and credibility’, BN’s Chew Mei Fun today took a personal jab against opponent Wan Azizah.

“You need someone who can dedicate (herself) to the Kajang people.

“You don’t need someone too busy as a party president, attending rallies and demos, and (her) husband’s personal matters,” she posted on her campaign Facebook page.

6.30pm: Some 20 masked people wearing clothes with the BN logo gather in front of the Kajang police station and hold up placards bearing phrases like ‘anti-gay’, ‘doggie doggie’ and ‘Azizah is Anwar’s puppet’ (Azizah boneka Anwar).

However, the police personnel seen standing at the police station compound do not take any action against the group.

At the same time, around 30 PKR members stage a flash mob across the road, holding up placards bearing words like ‘one vote one honk’.

Many motorists who pass by the junction are spotted honking their vehicles.

The BN group then disperse after an hour, while PKR members remain at the spot.

2.30pm: Mosques today continue to be on the receiving end of by-election smears.

A leaflet purportedly teling the real 'Cerita Kak Wan' (Wan Azizah story) has been distributed at the Saujana Impian mosque as worshippers were attending Friday prayers.

PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said he found the leaflet on the windshield of his car, parked in the mosque compound.

The leaflet, written in the first person, mimicks a PKR leaflet of the same title but in this, the writer confesses to have "amassed wealth" from public donations and makes reference to those named in Anwar's first sodomy trial in 1998.

It also accuses Wan Azizah of being a "hyprocrite" and "Anwar's lust puppet".

Earlier today, before the morning prayers, DAP stickers are found plastered on mosque walls .

PKR Kajang by-election deputy director Zuraida Kamaruddin denied that Pakatan Rakyat workers had any role in it.

“I want to tell the BN, if they want to lose, lose gracefully. This is a desperate move,” says Zuraida.

11.45am: Noh Omar brushes off a blog posting that says Umno’s campaigning in Kajang is stale because the party is in disarray.

“It doesn’t matter what people say, what matters is what we do on the ground,” Noh tells reporters after attending a Setia Bakti community service event for disabled and special needs groups at SMK Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah in Sungai Sekamat.

The event, also attended by BN candidate Chew Mei Fun, features health check-ups, colouring contests, and special performances by the disabled.

9am: PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has postponed a special address scheduled at the Putrajaya Mariott Hotel for 3pm.

He will instead deliver his address later tonight, at the launch of Reformasi 2.0 at the Kajang Stadium at 9pm.

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