Excerpts from Malaysiakini :- Tony Thien the Sarawak Correspondent from Malaysiakini writes:-The party’s ambition is bolstered by the huge turnout estimated around 5,000 rarely seen before at the Kampung Gita ceramah attended by Anwar Ibrahim on last Friday.PKR along with its ally in Pakatan are already seeing some clear signs of a change of mood among the Malay community in favour of the opposition. PKR has already identified their own Malay/Melanau candidates, many of whom are either academics or professionals to take on ruling PBB candidates.
Their hopes have already been bolstered by the huge turnout estimated around 5,000 rarely seen before at the Kampung Gita ceramah attended by Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, last Friday.
Anwar touched on a wide range of issues, including the readiness of Pakatan Rakyat to take over the federal government and the reasons why this had to happen in the light of what is happening to Malaysia today, both from the national and international perspectives.
It the campaigns for the last election, ceramahs hardly attracted more than 1,000 people each.
PKR has begun what it hopes will be the first step in to eventually taking over the state government from Barisan Nasional with the launch of its new division over the weekend in the predominantly-Iban in Lubok Antu. PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, who officiated at the launch on Saturday morning, described Lubok Antu – about 250km from state capital Kuching – as the gateway for opposition Pakatan Rakyat to enter Sarawak to prepare for the next state elections due in two to three years.
Nicholas Bawin, who heads the division, told Malaysiakini there were attempts by state BN leaders, especially deputy chief minister and PBB deputy president Alfred Jabu, to discourage people from attending.
Still, the crowd was considered big, given that the longhouse itself consists less than 20 doors or bilek, and that Anwar’s speech, again touching on a wide range of issues, including native customary rights (NCR) land was, according to several of those present, very well-received.
“Anwar was very pleased with the reception,” said a state PKR leader See Chee How, who was also present at the longhouse.
The party has directed the party’s state liaison committee to speed up the setting up of divisions in the rest of the parliamentary constituencies still without divisions in the state. From Lubok Antu, they will move to Betong, then to the central region and finally the northern zones.
Two divisions – Mas Gading and Mambong – have already been set up in Bidayuh areas in the southern region and the Serian division will be set up soon. Branches are also going to be set up in small villages.
A state-wide membership drive has started. Officials say between new 500 and 1,000 members are joining every week.
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