About 30,000 gathered for the closing of the all-day anti-fuel price hike protest at the Kelana Jaya stadium last night to hear speeches by top Pakatan leaders, according to Malaysiakini .
People started trickling into the 50,000 capacity stadium since early morning, to be greeted by vendors selling Pakatan Rakyat party mementos, T-shirts, cassettes and posters. About 17 stalls had set up business since yesterday with traders reporting brisk business.
The crowd, however, swelled to more than 30,000 by the time Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim took over the mike slightly after 10.
In hs speech Anwar challenged the prime minister and deputy prime minister to the debate over fuel price hike on July 15. (read here )
He said many have doubted him if he really has the formula to lower the fuel price.
"Now I will tell the formula straight to them (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak).
"I am even willing to face the cabinet for the debate (initiated by Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek)," he told the rally.
Anwar also said now that he has decided to attend the debate, he hoped the TV station would not try to stop the debate from going on air.
The rally is organised by the Coalition Against Inflation (Protes).
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