Pakatan Harapan (PH) will be ending its 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) roadshow soon. The two-month long nationwide roadshow will culminate on 14 October 2017 with a mammoth rally featuring several key speakers including PH chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Selangor Chief Minister and People’s Justice Party (PKR) deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and national laureate A. Samad Said. The opposition is hoping that the roadshow’s grand finale will draw a large crowd, at least in the hundreds of thousands.
Thus far the opposition’s 1MDB roadshows have been quite peaceful without any untoward incidents in the various places where talks were held. According to DAP Youth Howard Lee Chuan, the opposition’s secretariat has met with local authorities to notify them of the upcoming rally that will be held at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya. Chuan maintains that it is in accordance with the Peaceful Assembly Act, therefore an official approval is not required. Meanwhile Red Shirt leader Datuk Jamil Yunos recently announced his intention to attend the event. Always one to stir up a commotion, the Sungai Besar UMNO division chief has stated that he will not be protesting at the event but is merely planning to set up a stall to sell fish along with other stalls that will be present.
There is no doubt campaigning in Malaysia is in overdrive with general elections looming around the corner. With election fever high, it has led to confrontations between opposing political parties. In July tempers flared when some 100 UMNO Youth members confronted a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth wing delegation at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. The Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum organized by PPBM in August had descended into pandemonium when several unscrupulous individuals threw a slipper at the party’s chairperson Tun Dr. Mahathir and chairs into the crowd.
Malaysians will see the fiercest political fight this coming election. The political mudslinging will likely continue unabated. While smear campaign is widely practiced here and in many parts of the world, violence on the other hand should not be the norm. It is hoped that the final 1MDB roadshow this Saturday will be a peaceful gathering as it has been these past few months.