Malaysia police on standby as anti-government protesters vow to hold rally in KL tonight
Malaysian police on Tuesday afternoon kept a low-key and non-intrusive presence around a popular public square in Kuala Lumpur where demonstrators have said they will mount a protest against price increases of goods and services on Tuesday night.
Police have said the demonstrators aim to gather at Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) as part of street protests to "topple the government" and over the last few days hauled in two protests leaders for questioning while warning of tough action.
University students leading the protests have denied the accusation, saying they only wanted to hold a peaceful demonstration to voice public concern over looming hikes in prices of goods and services from the new year. They have said they will go ahead with the peaceful gathering.
Student leader Muhammad Kamarul Setapa said the protest would be "a manifestation of the people's anger towards the insane price increases of the people's basic needs under the excuse of 'strengthening the economy'."