Thousands attend Malaysia rally

AFP-JIJI

Tens of thousands of people rallied near Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night to protest against alleged electoral fraud, further raising the country’s political temperature after divisive recent polls.

The latest in a series of protest rallies over Malaysia’s May 5 elections — which the opposition says were fraudulently won by the coalition that has ruled for the last 56 years — saw a large crowd gather in an open field outside the capital.

Home Minister Zahid Hamidi had called the rally a “provocation” and four people, including two opposition politicians, were earlier arrested, sparking allegations of a postelection crackdown on dissent.

But there were no reports of any police action during the rally, which was to include speeches by top opposition figures including the opposing camp’s leader, Anwar Ibrahim.