Permatang Pauh's Big Night in pictures Part 1 and Part 2.
Bukit Mertajam, Last Night: DSAI made a short speech in English for the benefit of the English-speaking world. Yup, there were many foreign journalists. I'm not sure how many, but many. When he was the Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar was very popular with foreign journalists. They liked him. They liked Dr Mahathir, too, but in a different, less friendly, way.
DSAI said the world media were there because they were interested to witness the change:
"This victory is due to the commitment and the support and the conviction of the people, not only the people of Permatang Pauh but of Malaysians in general. We demand change. We want freedom. Freedom from injustice. We demand an independent judiciary. We want to give a real meaning to the spirit of Merdeka. In terms of the economy, we demand a fairer distribution of wealth for the majority. Not for the corrupt few, (not for) families, sons and sons-in-law."
I missed my blogging buddies (except for Jeff Ooi and Elizabeth Wong, who were up there with DSAI and the other Pakatan Rakyat leaders). I almost didn't make it for DSAI's victory celebration. We had no Press passes, but it was a good thing we knew some people, and the cops listened to reason (or excuses). Saw Lim Guan Eng for the first time since he became Chief Minister, but he didn't see me.