The Malaysian Insider understands that earlier in the evening, some members of the public were registering themselves at certain locations throughout the city and were given coupons to collect at least RM30 in exchange for attending the function.then Lulu saw BH report that "Jumlah kehadiran pada majlis pelancaran luar jangkaan"
Some government-funded associations, for example, were asked to congregate at a particular location in town where they were given their money and subsequently ferried to the stadium by the busloads.
One member of the public, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Malaysian Insider that all he needed to do was to register his name at the location (his was in Sungai Siput), get his coupon and redeem it at a counter outside the stadium for RM30.
“It’s very simple. I got my RM30,” he said happily, adding that it was a fair deal as many people had to travel for some distance to attend the function.
Another member of the public said her association was also asked to attend the function and members were told to assemble outside a Chinese association hall in town to collect their money and use the bus transport.
This could perhaps be the reason behind the scores of buses that were seen ferrying people to the stadium last night.
The large vehicles were also the cause of the uncharacteristically long traffic queues leading towards the venue.
IPOH: Kehadiran melebihi 60,000 penduduk negeri ini pada majlis pelancaran gagasan 1Malaysia malam tadi adalah di luar jangkaan dan menunjukkan rakyat memang bersama Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.Lulu suspects they may have blown budget on the paid spectators, and hopes that they will not take the money allocated to the community to pay the rakyat who memang bersama Perdana Menteri.
Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, berkata kehadiran penduduk pelbagai kaum di Stadium Perak itu menunjukkan mereka mahu menjayakan satu cita-cita negara, satu hasrat, satu impian dan satu harapan, iaitu 1Malaysia.
“Ia membuktikan rakyat menyokong Najib yang bukan pemimpin untuk satu kaum, bukan pemimpin untuk satu kumpulan dan bukan pemimpin untuk satu parti.