Peaceful protest against alleged govt inaction over 1MDB scandal

More than 5,000 people attended the "Love Malaysia, Anti-Kleptocracy" rally organised by opposition pact Pakatan Harapan in Petaling Jaya yesterday evening. The carnival-like gathering, held to protest against the lack of government action over the f
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More than 5,000 people attended the "Love Malaysia, Anti-Kleptocracy" rally organised by opposition pact Pakatan Harapan in Petaling Jaya yesterday evening. The carnival-like gathering, held to protest against the lack of government action over the financial scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), featured food trucks, souvenir stalls and traditional dances. Veteran politicians Lim Kit Siang, adviser to the Democratic Action Party, and former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad were at the event, which also featured speeches denouncing corruption in Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration and pledges to defeat the ruling government at the next general election. Despite earlier warnings from the police to move the event to an alternative venue, and fears that troublemakers could disrupt proceedings, the rally proceeded peacefully.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 15, 2017, with the headline 'Peaceful protest against alleged govt inaction over 1MDB scandal'. Print Edition | Subscribe