PETALING JAYA, April 24 — Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today claimed that several Barisan Nasional representatives had approached him to join his coalition.
Without revealing names, Dr Mahathir said these representatives were fed up with BN’s administration and thus wanted to leave for PH.
“I cannot reveal their names as they are well-known BN leaders,” he told reporters after a briefing session for GE14 PH candidates.
Separately, Dr Mahathir said PH was confident of a bigger win in the coming election, attributing his prediction to the massive crowds that have been attending his ceramahs.
“If you follow our ceramah, you will know there at least 20,000 people attending our talks.
“And these people are not brought in buses, given food or paid RM100 like the other party,” he said.
Dr Mahathir claimed that even when he was campaigning for BN, the crowd had never been this big.
“The people attending our ceramah sit on the ground and wait until the end even if it’s drizzling... what does this say?” he said, indicating that the turnout at his party’s talks was a testimony to the support for PH.
At the briefing session, Dr Mahathir said PH candidates were prepared to work for the people to change the government.
He said that if PH won the election and managed to form the federal and state governments, it would declare the two weekdays after polling day a public holiday.
“To be honest, I don’t like to take holidays but for the people who have to take time off to vote for us on a weekday, we will give them the holidays to enjoy,” he said in his speech when addressing the packed Civic Hall here.
This Saturday is nomination day and May 9, which falls on Wednesday, is fixed for polling.
Putrajaya has declared May 9 a public holiday.