ON 12 Oct 2008, Kg Baru’s Sultan Sulaiman Club was swamped by a public in search of food and photo opportunities with de facto Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The Aidilfitri open house held from 2pm to 5pm was the second such event hosted by the opposition leader and his family. A previous celebration in Cherok Tokun, Penang the day before drew an estimated 20,000 people.
The Kg Baru open house proved to be just as popular, with several thousand turning up amidst a strong police presence. Among those who waited for their chance to meet Anwar was a group from the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), who came armed with teddy bears and greeting cards.
At an unscheduled press conference after a private morning session for invitees, Anwar refused to commit to a set date for the much-talked-about Pakatan Rakyat takeover of the government, only saying: “At the appropriate time… we will see change.”