Some 300 supporters marked Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s 100th day behind bars with a candlelight vigil, performances and poetry outside the Sungai Buloh prison on the night of 20 May
"People talk about him now being thin. He may be thin but I hope his spirit is fat," said National laureate A. Samad Said who recited his poem ‘Malam Anwar’ (Anwar's Night) that tugged at heartstrings
"We will not give up. This is our fight," Nurul Izzah said, echoing the speeches throughout the night
Anwar's eldest daughter, Nurul Izzah, the Lembah Pantai MP, who also recited a poem by famed Indonesian poet WS Rendra. She said the former opposition leader thanked Permatang Pauh voters for voting PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail back to pick up the Reformasi mantel.themalaysianinsider.com
"Don't worry, we will be strong. Don't despair, we will keep fighting, dad," Nurul Nuha said as the crowd fell suddenly silent
Her mother, the newly-minted Opposition Leader was not present, but her sisters Nurul Nuha and Nurul Ilham commanded centre stage with heart-rending speeches.
Although speaking to the crowd, Nurul Nuha spoke as if directly to her father, vowing that they will not cry in the face of this adversity, although she was at several instances of her speech at the verge of tears.
"The prison gates will be opened not by the judge, but by Malaysian people. Only with the tide of a million of Malaysians will it be open, not only to free Anwar but to free each and every Malaysian," PKR vice-president Tian Chua
PKR leaders took turn to give speeches on top of a pick-up truck, chanting choruses of solidarity and promising Anwar that the people will continue to flood the streets to demand his release.
Fellow vice-president Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin roused the crowd, urging the people to defeat the BN government. "Mampus BN! (Die BN!) Barua Barisan Nasional! (BN are lackeys!) "There is a new leader in BN and his name is Mahathir. I heard he wants to be the opposition leader. But both he and Najib are bandits!" he said, cheered by the crowd.
Also present were Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Kuala Langat MP Abdullah Sani, Nibong Tebal MP Datuk Mansor Othman, PKR youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik ahmad and Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul. From DAP were Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Ipoh Timur MP Thomas Su Keong Siong. Student activists present were Fahmi Zainol and Adam Adli Abd Halim.themalaysianinsider.com
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