It’s the same old song at anti-1MDB ceramah

Muhyiddin PKR

Lukewarm start in Sabak Bernam to PKR-Muhyiddin road show, as those who came wish the Opposition would start speaking more about how they can help improve the people’s lives and welfare.

(FMT) – A nationwide roadshow about 1MDB or ‘1Malaysia Dalam Bahaya’ (1Malaysia In Danger) got off to a lukewarm start with a ceramah attended by about 500 instead of the thousands expected.

With many notable figures including parliamentary opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, and former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin billed as speakers, initial assumption was that it would be a massive affair attended by thousands.

In reality less than 500 people turned up, barely filling even a third of the mini stadium.

The roadshow is aimed at people in rural and semi-urban areas, to inform them about the scandals surrounding government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad and how that would affect the daily lives of ordinary Malaysians.

However, those who came to listen appeared less than enthusiastic. FMT spoke to many of those present, who said they failed to see how 1MDB had anything to do with them.

This was perhaps why most chose to spend their Friday night on other activities rather than listen to speeches about a matter “they don’t even understand.”

“I just came to see Muhyiddin. It’s not often that people like me get to see him,” said 31-year-old Nur Asyikin Abdul Rashid. “But honestly, I don’t really understand this whole 1MDB issue. Besides, didn’t the RM2.6 billion which they said were taken from 1MDB actually come from the Saudi government?”

Another ceramah-goer, Muhammad Asdi, 44, said he was only at the event because it was near his house.