Malaysia arrests activist Hishamuddin Rais as thousands join anti-govt protests

Political activist Hishamuddin Rais. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Another member of the Bersih 2.0 steering committee - Hishamuddin Rais - has been arrested.

The activist was arrested in Bangsar Utama on Saturday morning (Nov 19).

Hishammuddin is the second person to be arrested on Saturday, following the arrest of Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos at about 1.30 am.

The arrests come as thousands of yellow-clad Malaysians gathered in the capital on Saturday to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak resign over a corruption scandal, according to Agence France-Presse.

Protesters line the streets as thousand gather for anti-government protests calling for Najib Rezak's resignation in Kuala Lumpur. ST PHOTO: SHANNON TEOH

For the second time in 15 months, leading reformist group Bersih has organised a demonstration to demand Najib resign and face justice over allegations that billions were looted from his brainchild investment fund, 1MDB.

Police began their crackdown on Friday with the arrests of Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and Bersih secretariat officer Mandeep Singh.

Democratic Action Party's Seremban MP Anthony Loke, former Pandamaran assemblyman Ronnie Liu, and members Jimmy Wong and Lee Khai Ming were also arrested on Friday.

Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) leader S. Arutchelvan, and activists Luqman Nul Hakim Zul Razali, Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof and Muhammad Safwan Anang were next.

Late into Friday, Red Shirts activists Razali Zakaria and Ariffin Abu Bakar were also taken in.

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