Oct 27, 07
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is scheduled to attend a mass rally in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 10, aimed at pressing the government to initiate electoral reforms.
The rally, organised by electoral reform pressure group Bersih, would mark Anwar’s first showing at a demonstration since his arrest during the height of the reformasi era in 1998.
Following his sacking as deputy prime minister in September 1998, Anwar led unprecedented mass anti-government protests in Kuala Lumpur.
Confirming Anwar’s attendance at the rally, PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar hoped that concerned citizens and opposition supporters would turn out in full force to call for electoral reforms.
Meanwhile, Bersih member PAS is expected to field its influential spiritual leader and four-term Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Aziz Nik Mat at the rally.
PAS supporters is expected to make up the bulk of the rally and plans are underway to transport supporters from all over the country for the event.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng when contacted said he would also be attending the event, barring any unforseen circumstances.
Bersih aims to draw 10,000 people to the rally at the symbolic Dataran Merdeka.
It would be followed by a march to the palace, where a memorandum seeking royal intervention in electoral reforms would be submitted.
Organisers are encouraging participants to don yellow as it was the colour for citizen actions worldwide and the colour for the press freedom movement.
Bersih is a coalition of over 30 student groups, trade unions, civil societies and opposition parties.
Anwar, Nik Aziz to attend Nov 10 poll reform rally