Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The 2500 at concert by LADA paled in comparison to more than 6,000-strong crowd who wanted to hear Tun Dr Mahathir

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Pakatan Harapan’s Langkawi candidate Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad gives a speech the night before Polling Day in Ho Peng Hall, Kuah May 8, 2018. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

LANGKAWI, May 8 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today managed to draw thousands of attendees to attend his last address before Polling Day, despite a concert taking place nearby just an hour earlier.

The concert, which was organised by the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), managed to draw more than 2,500 locals but paled in comparison to the more than 6,000-strong crowd who wanted to hear Dr Mahathir’s words before they cast their ballot tomorrow.

During his address, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Langkawi candidate pleaded to the police and military to conduct themselves professionally and to defend the Federal Constitution.

“This time around, there is a strong possibility that the government will change. Everything will be done to stop this change. It is hoped that the police and military will not forget their responsibility when it comes to the Constitution and to stop anyone from doing anything unlawful.

“Our peace and harmony depend on their professional behaviour,” said the oldest prime ministerial candidate in the country’s history who began speaking at around 10 pm.

The 93-year-old said he realised he does not have much time left but due to numerous requests, he decided that he could no longer ignore their pleas and had to step up to the plate.

“We only need to go out and vote,” said Dr Mahathir to the deafening roar and cheer of the attendees, who held on to his every word.

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Thousands attend the Langkawi Hebat Concert to see their favourite artist at Dataran Lang in Langkawi May 8, 2018. — Picture by Sayuti ZainudinMore

The concert, on the other hand, which began at 9pm saw acts such as Black, Datuk Ramli Sarip, Datuk DJ Dave and Dayang Nurfaizah, among others.

Treasury Department secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah was also there as the “opening act” and reminded the crowd about the economic plans that the Barisan Nasional (BN)-led government will implement over the next five years.

“We will build new infrastructure such as a new hospital wing, which costs RM500 million, a new private hospital, which is a LADA and KPJ collaboration, and a new fire station worth RM50 million.

“We will upgrade Langkawi International Airport so that it will bring in five million tourists from 3.67 million,” said Irwan who sounded more like a politician instead of a civil servant.

The concert also saw lucky draws being conducted, with prizes such as motorcycles, a Sony PlayStation 4 console, a Sony PSP handheld games console and an Oppo R7 handphone, among others.

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Treasury Secretary-General Datuk Seri Irwan Serigar addresses the crowd during the Langkawi Hebat Concert at Dataran Lang in Langkawi May 8, 2018. — Picture by Sayuti ZainudinMore

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