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Malaysia GE13: I'm more optimistic of a victory now, says Anwar

Published on Apr 29, 2013 4:25 PM

PETALING JAYA - Six days more to go for Malaysia's 13th General Election and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he is now more optimistic of a victory, spurred by the "resounding" turnout at opposition-led rallies in recent days.

But he admitted that a huge turnout does not necessarily translate to votes.

"Based on the general mood post-nomination day, I am, of course, more optimistic now," he said at a press briefing in Petaling Jaya on Monday.

"But we have appealed to our supporters not to be over confident and work doubly hard."

He acknowledged that the presence of huge crowds at these political rallies do not guarantee votes.

"But when it is clearly resounding, it reflects some measure of support," he said.

Pakatan Rakyat ceramahs in recent days have drawn people in droves. Notably, over the weekend, thousands thronged the ceramah in Putrajaya to catch a glimpse of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat who was there to show support for PAS candidate Datuk Husam Musa.

Mr Anwar also said the opposition coalition condemns the acts of violence that have occurred since campaigning for the tightly-contested May 5 polls began.

He also warned Pakatan's supporters to stay calm and not retaliate or be provoked by any parties.

"These incidences signal how desperate the Barisan Nasional-Umno regime has become as the possibility of a leadership change becomes more clear," he alleged.