At Manifesto Launch, Pakatan Tells Malaysians to Seize the Day

25 February 2013

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The Malaysian Insider

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders sounded the election war drums today as they launched their Election 2013 manifesto, declaring themselves more than ready to face an electoral battle they say will be fought between a nation of citizens now opposed to a “corrupt Umno-Barisan Nasional” (BN) regime.

The election directors of all three PR parties — PKR, PAS and the DAP — took turns at the manifesto launch to remind members of the importance of staying united and organised in their struggle, pointing out that this was their best opportunity yet to change the government.

“Ini kalilah,” PKR deputy president Azmin Ali (picture) told the crowd gathered at the Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC) here in his speech before the launch, using the pact’s newly-coined slogan to urge voters to seize the opportunity for change.

“Time and tide wait for no man. If it passes us by, we will not face it again. Meaning… ini kalilah (this is the moment),” he said.

The Gombak MP, who is PKR’s election director, also cemented PR’s support for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister-in-waiting, saying the opposition leader is the pact’s “centre of gravity”.

“His administrative experience, as well as his good relationship across the globe with international leaders as well as leaders in Islamic movements worldwide, is feared by Umno-BN’s corrupt regime,” he thundered to cheers from the floor.

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