Thousands turned up at the Esplanade to attend the Penang Pakatan Rakyat state government rally this evening despite the police declaring it an illegal rally.
The crowd started streaming in from 7pm and by 10pm, they had filled more than half the field.
The crowd was not as huge and overwhelming as the last rally held in Esplanade, on May 3, just two days before the May 5 polls where more than half a million in donations were collected.
Tonight's rally, which was originally organised by PR, is a state government rally to introduce its new leadership and to thank Penangites for their support.
Many in the crowd were dressed in black with a sprinkling of red, yellow and green, in support of the PR.
The police had yesterday declared it an illegal rally and warned the public not to break the law but did not threaten to make any arrests.
A Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) truck was spotted a few roads down from the Esplanade and there was a heavy presence of traffic police to direct traffic and also a number of undercover policemen were noticed amongst the crowd.
The rally emcees also commented on this and jokingly pointed out that the police are in support of the rally as they came and were also dressed in black.
The line-up of leaders to speak in the rally include Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow, DAP National chairman Karpal Singh, Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng, Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, PR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and other PR state leaders.
salute to fru and polis who didn't interrupt this peaceful and joyful rally but manage to keep things under control. if this is to continue, the polis will certainly gain back the rakyat's respect unlike the home minister who is gaining loss popularity BY THE SECONDS.