PETALING JAYA, Oct 10 ― Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders now expect around 30,000 people to attend its “Save Malaysia from Kleptocracy” rally on Saturday or about one-third the initial estimate.
Despite this, coalition vice-president Mohamad Sabu insisted the event would be successful, saying the lower figure was reasonable considering the venue could only fit around 40,000 people.
“The mobilisation effort was done at a scale fitting for Padang Timur,” he told reporters here, referring to the field where the rally is to be held.
“The field, if everyone is seated, can easily fit about 30,000 people… we didn't mobilise like we would for, say, Dataran Merdeka,” he added.
Padang Timur is located across the Amcorp Mall here.
PH leaders at the start of the mobilisation effort predicted 100,000 people would turn up for the protest.
Mohamad also noted that the October 14 rally will coincide with the National Sports Day and other events that could prevent participants from joining.
“That same night there will also be a huge match between Manchester United and Liverpool,” he said, referring to the two English Premier League football giants. Malaysia has among the biggest English football followings in the world.
The bloc’s organising committee for Saturday’s rally would likely proceed as planned even as the police have yet to give their approval.
However, its leaders said the authorities have been duly informed as required under the Peaceful Assembly Act, while the owner of the field, the Petaling Jaya City Council, have given their approval.
The programme will include activities such as talks featuring top PH leaders, cultural performances and a short film competition, along with 30 booths set aside for traders.