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PKR national congress in full swing

Corrected on 2 Dec 2008 at 6pm

PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)’s 5th National Congress is being held at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam from 29 to 30 Nov 2008, with the Youth and Wanita wings’ congress having taken place on 28 Nov.

(Corrected) The congress, attended by 1,927 delegates and over 1,200 party observers, is the first since the party’s triumph at the 12th general election on 8 March, where it emerged the biggest opposition party in Parliament, with 30 seats.

Many are expecting de facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to explain to the party faithful why the much-touted takeover of the federal government on 16 Sept failed to materialise. Some are even hoping Anwar will provide a new date to look forward to.

The high-profile VIPs at the congress include former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim; Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee; and the former speechwriter to Anwar, Dr Munawar Anees.

The congress is also a chance for PKR to display its multiracial credentials to the public. To that end, multicultural shows such as a lion dance, Kadazandusun Sumazau dance, Dayak Sebuyau “Ngajat”, and a percussion performance by multiethnic groups entertained delegates and guests.

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