UPDATE3 WITH VIDEO Buoyed by giant crowds that have been swamping the political rallies held by his Pakatan Rakyat coalition throughout the country, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has revised upwards his expectations of winning Malaysia's 13th general election.
However, he declined to state the number of seats the PR could possibly, cautioning that PR would need more than a 51% chance to win given the widespread complaints of electoral fraud by polls observers and gerrymandering by past BN governments.
"I remain cautiously optimistic and Datuk Seri Najib repeated my phrase in Al-Jazeera (interview) that he is also cautiously optimistic ... so I will try to use a different phrase. I would say that if we look at the mood and enthusiasm post nomination and also the *****UM-related poll, I am of course rather more optimistic now," Anwar told a press conference on Monday.
"But we have appealed to our supporters not to be overconfident, to work doubly hard because in the case and the evidence we have adduced with regards to electoral fraud and the electoral roll, we need to have 1 or 2 percentage points above 51% because the conduct of the elections is such that we will not win with 51% because we have to discount the fraud."
The 64-year-old leader admitted sheer crowd size did not necessarily translate into votes, adding that his assessment was based on "work on the ground, house-to-house campaign and the machinery on the ground".
Police, prayers and debate
Anwar also expressed grave concern over the rise in "political violence" across the country, calling on the police to act swiftly and efficiently and to provide information as promptly as possible to the public so as not to allow rumors to foment and create a sense of panic.
"On our part, we will call on our supporters not to take the bait or be any part of provocative acts in the run-up to the elections," Anwar told a press conference on Monday.
He again called on Prime Minister Najib Razak to accept a debate with the PR leadership before May 4 as "this is the best way for the people to gauge what each side had to offer the nation's future".
Anwar also announced that Nik Aziz, the PAS spiritual adviser, would be leading nationwide special Maghrib prayers (usually at 7.15pm) on May 3 to pray for a safe and peaceful polls on May 5.
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Malaysia Chronicle ********************************************************** __________________________________________________________ ***** Sunday, 28 April 2013 21:21
THANK YOU FOR THE CONFIDENCE: PKR lauds Umcedel poll - M'sians prefer Anwar to Najib
Parti Keadilan is pleased with the poll figures from Pusat Kajian Demokrasi dan Pilihan Raya Universiti Malaya (UMCEDEL) showing that our continued and sustained effort for change is bearing fruit.
Instead of dismissing its results and denigrating UMCEDEL, caretaker Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak should respect the findings of a poll conducted by an independent academic body of Universiti Malaya, Malaysia's oldest tertiary institution. In fact, Najib had praised UMCEDEL in June 2012 when the released poll results were in their favour.
Anwar 43%, Najib 39%
Opinion polls are barometers which, when done professionally and in accordance with best practice methodology, are relevant and reliable. Nevertheless, we will abide by the final election results as decided by the rakyat on May 5.
We at the party are pleased whilst at the same time humbled that 43% of the Malaysians asked in the poll conducted between April 3-20 believe in Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim's capabilities to be prime minister, which forms almost half the country, compared to the 39% rating for caretaker Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak.
It is heartening that 54% of the Malay respondents share that confidence in Dato' Seri Anwar, dispelling the allegations made that Pakatan Rakyat does not appeal to Malays.
Pakatan Rakyat is making inroads into all sectors and communities, and will build on the faith people have given us by campaigning round-the-clock with all the hours and space available to us in the next seven days before election day.