BUTTERWORTH: Put on a frowning face and protest the administration, Amanah’s Mohamed Sabu told Malaysians today, as he revealed plans for a mega rally to take place in Kuala Lumpur soon.
He said the rally would be a platform to express their anger over the increased prices of goods and “rampant” corruption involving government officials.
Mohamed, commonly known as Mat Sabu, said the rally was the brainchild of blogger and activist Hishamuddin Rais, who told him about the plan during a phone call recently.
“Enough is enough, we are sick of hearing stories about corrupt leaders! We are astonished that people are not angry! Why are Malaysians not angry about corruption?
He said an NGO had called him to say they were working on a rally to be held before the coming polls. It will be called Hari Rakyat Marah…Himpunan Marah!
“I say we come out of the house, we don’t smile at all. We remain with the angry face, until we return home!” he told a cheering crowd of 1,000 at the Solidarity with Anwar Ibrahim ceramah at the Expo Grounds in Prai Monday night.
Mat Sabu said Hishamuddin’s move to organise the rally was timely, as the country’s reputation had been tarnished by corruption scandals.
“Our country is very famous now. Where ever Malaysians go, people ask about corruption and swindling.
“Back then we were made fun of by Europeans, but now even our neighbours in Thailand are asking us how we can stomach such things,” he said.
Mat Sabu explained that during a recent visit to a Thai border town, an immigration officer asked him about Malaysian government leaders. The officer said Thais would have got rid of corrupt leaders in days.
“Where are we to put our face like this!” Mat Sabu said to a burst of laughter from the crowd.
Earlier, 10 Pakatan Harapan leaders spoke, including DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Opposition Leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar and Penang Amanah chief Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
Izzah reminded the youth to register as voters, as some 4 million youths in Malaysia had yet to do so. She urged Penang youths to quickly register if they had not done so. -FMT