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Malaysian police to allow May Day rally against price hikes that will include Anwar

Published on Apr 30, 2014 3:53 PM
 
The Malaysian police said on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, they would allow a May Day rally against price rises that will include opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (pictured), retracting earlier statements that the protest would be illegal. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The Malaysian police said on Wednesday they would allow a May Day rally against price rises that will include opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, retracting earlier statements that the protest would be illegal.

Mr Zainuddin Ahmad, police chief of the district in central Kuala Lumpur where the protest will be held on Thursday, confirmed to AFP in a brief text message that the authorities would let it go ahead. He did not offer further comment.

The opposition-supported protest takes aim at price increases stemming from subsidy cuts, as well as plans to introduce a general sales tax from next year.

Mr S. Arutchelvan, an opposition politician, said thousands of demonstrators were expected. "People are already frustrated with the price hikes... implementation of (the sales tax) is just robbing from the poor what little they have," he told AFP.

 
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