Hundreds turn out for Mahathir rally in Pekan

VIDEO: NADIRAH H. RODZI
Opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad speaking to indigenous people during a visit on Wednesday to Kampung Gumum, near the Felda Chini 2 settlement in the Malaysian state of Pahang.
Opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad speaking to indigenous people during a visit on Wednesday to Kampung Gumum, near the Felda Chini 2 settlement in the Malaysian state of Pahang.ST PHOTO: NADIRAH H. RODZI

Residents of Umno stronghold want to hear what the opposition leader has to offer

Opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad's visit to a ruling party stronghold and Prime Minister Najib Razak's constituency was expected to be greeted with protests and even violence. But it drew hundreds of curious residents instead, who wanted to see the former premier in the flesh and hear what he has to offer.

Several hundred people turned up on Wednesday night when Dr Mahathir visited Pekan, home to 80,000 voters. A good number were resettled there under a national scheme run by the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2018, with the headline 'Hundreds turn out for Mahathir rally in Pekan'. Print Edition | Subscribe