Petite-tion. As of midnight of April 2, the eve of Najib's swearing-in as Malaysia's 6th Prime Minister, a total of 5,673 Malaysians had signed a "no-confidence in Najib" on-line petition.
That's about the size of the crowd at a dinner in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Kuan Tee Association at Simpang in Bukit Gantang, which I covered with several other bloggers who traveled from KL yesterday.
Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yasin addressed the predominantly Chinese audience. The focus of his speech was the economy: he promised more industrial projects for Bukit Gantang, land for some 300 farmers to carry out integrated farming, sustainable economic development. In short, prosperity.
The Chinese, who make up slightly more than a quarter of the voters in Bukit Gantang, are believed to hold the key to Tuesday's by-election.
Dr Mahathir is expected to be in Bukit Gantang on Monday.
The 5673 anti-Najib on-line petitioners are joined by 81 MPs from the Opposition who have asked the King to put off Najib's swearing-in, scheduled for 10 this morning.