Hero’s welcome for Mahathir in Penang: And how would BN win Penang back?

23 July 2017

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Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he was stuck in a 20-minute traffic jam just to get to the venue. He arrived a few minutes after Dr Mahathir.

“It has been a long time since we had a jam but it is good too. It means (Prime Minister) Najib Razak is also jammed,” he said in his speech at the event.

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Published on Jul 21, 2017

Fireworks lit the sky and loud cheers greeted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he arrived at the party’s Aidilfitri open house in Penang last night.

The crowd, mostly clad in red, Bersatu’s party colour, jostled and pushed one another to shake his hands and wish him “Selamat Hari Raya”.

Jul 21

Saya gembira melihat rakyat berbilang kaum & agama bersama kami di sambutan Hari Raya anjuran BERSATU di Pulau Pinang. Terima kasih Penang.
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Hero’s welcome for Mahathir in Penang

Susan Loone
21 Jul 2017, 9:48 am (Updated 21 Jul 2017, 6:21 pm)
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Fireworks lit the sky and loud cheers greeted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he arrived at the party’s Aidilfitri open house in Penang last night.

The crowd, mostly clad in red, Bersatu’s party colour, jostled and pushed one another to shake his hands and wish him “Selamat Hari Raya”.

It was quite a rare sight to see Malay Muslims clad in baju Melaju, tudung and baju kurung packed inside the Long Say building owned by the Lee Kongsi, a Chinese clan association on Jalan Burma.

But more than an Aidilfitri do, the event was to give Mahathir a hero’s welcome for his effort in pulling together Pakatan Harapan, which on July 14, announced its leadership line-up ahead of the upcoming 14th national polls.

Visibly excited, the crowd tailed Mahathir to the main table where DAP leaders Lim Kit Siang and Chow Kon Yeow, and Bersatu’s president Muhyiddin Yassin were already seated.

Many tried to take photos and selfies with the “famous Tun” but the latter was surrounded by his bodyguards, prompting a photographer to remark, “It’s easier to cover (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak).”

Kit Siang had arrived earlier at the venue with his DAP entourage and was also greeted by loud cheers from Bersatu members.

Chief Minister cum DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had to push his way through the thick crowd to get to the main table and remarked, “There is a traffic jam just to get here”.

Cameras clicked away as many watched in awe when Mahathir, seated beside his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, shook hands with Kit Siang and Guan Eng, flanked by Muhyiddin, PKR state chief Mansor Othman and Penang Bersatu chairperson Marzuki Yahya.

Mahathir’s son, former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz, and Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa were also present, while DAP and PKR MPs and assemblypersons joined the event in full force.

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Jul 21

Mahathir Gets Hero’s Welcome In Penang (pls RT↺❤️) ️️

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Jul 20

Hero’s welcome for Mahathir in Penang – – Susan Loone (Mkini)

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Dr Mahathir attracts thousands in Penang open house

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Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad (second right) with his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali (third right) and DAP national adviser Lim Kit Siang (first right) during the Bersatu Penang Hari Raya open house in Penang today. – The Malaysian Insight pic, July 20, 2017.

PAKATAN Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad attracted thousands at Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) first state level open house in Penang tonight.

The traffic there on Jalan Burma was a bumper-to-bumper crawl as people made their way to the venue at the Long Say building. Fireworks lit the sky briefly when the former prime minister arrived about 8.20pm.

The crowd blocked the entrance as he approached the hall – each hoping to take photos of Dr Mahathir, pose selfies with him, and shake his hand. The Bersatu chairman received a standing ovation until he reached the VVIP table.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he was stuck in a 20-minute traffic jam just to get to the venue. He arrived a few minutes after Dr Mahathir.

“It has been a long time since we had a jam but it is good too. It means (Prime Minister) Najib Razak is also jammed,” he said in his speech at the event.

Dr Mahathir said he was pleased to see all races attend the open house, a sign that Bersatu was accepted by all races.

He told the people that PH, as a coalition, had meetings attended by all component parties.

“It shows that we intend to unite the opposition parties, ever since we launched Deklarasi Rakyat,” he said in his speech.

“Even though (DAP veteran leader Lim) Kit Siang and I are not good friends – we were enemies in fact – when it comes to the people’s declaration, we leaders come from different parties to support the movement.

“It was the first time I joined hands with Kit Siang. Many of my supporters were unhappy with me and my support dwindled.

“But now the graph is up again. There is no opposition against my cooperation with (PKR de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim and Kit Siang. We have the same objective and that is to remove the ‘kerajaan penyangak’ (thieving government),” he said.

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