Clash of the ceramahs in Paya Rumput

ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL


MALACCA: While some argued it may have been a well-planned April Fools’ prank, the stage is set for what has been dubbed the ‘Clash of the Ceramahs’ in Paya Rumput tonight.

Within 50 metres of each other, on one side is Umno Tangga Batu division’s “Ceramah Perdana Tolak Fitnah” and the other, is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) Bicara Rakyat, which is being held in conjunction with the launch of the party’s state headquarters.

Both talks are set to run simultaneously at 8.30pm. While Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron will lead the Barisan Nasional section with religious speaker Ridhuan Tee as guest, in the PPBM corner, the parties’ top two, chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, will be running the show.

Judging by the seating arrangements, Umno has prepared for at least 2,000 attendees, while PPBM looks to be expecting about 1,000 for the event.

Police have since cordoned off the two areas in anticipation of a possible friction between supporters of both sections.


*More updates to follow