21st April 2013, 1:36am: The dorm where most of us were holed up previously is now very still. Only a handful of us are still around with the Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) on his way back to KL with his team. With so many things happening in such quick successions, it’s very easy for one to lose track of time and place. After the relatively quiet nomination process, DSAI had a special briefing session for the party election machinery in preparing for the upcoming campaign season. Right after, he kicked off the campaigning with a prayer session at the mosque before conducting ceramahs in 3 places, Machang Bubuk, Nibong Tebal and Kepala Batas.
The ceramah at Machang Bubuk was held in front of a row of shoplots with a huge gathering of mainly Chinese locals spilling onto the streets. In marked contrast, he spoke to a 2,000 strong crowd of mainly Malay youths in Kepala Batas. While touching on the usual points against the present government, he reiterated his stand against wastage, cronyism, dirty politics and corruption.
At the end of his last ceramah he hopped onto the Jelajah Merdeka bus and belted out some classic Malay, English and Hindi songs as a perfect wind down for the night. He spoke about how singing was the only escape he had to keep his spirits up during his time in prison. Tomorrow the journey continues to more parts in Penang before moving south to Perak.
Present Tense Media is currently attached to the Anwar Ibrahim campaign trail as part of an effort to document the journey and to help Malaysians see a different side to a face we are too familiar with. In the weeks to come, we will updating the site and Instagram @presenttensemedia with highlights of the campaign.