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Solid rally turnout points way forward for Malaysia's opposition

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Any pretence that yesterday's rally was to celebrate the government's decision to abandon a United Nations anti-discrimination pact evaporated quickly in Kuala Lumpur's scorching afternoon heat.

From lowly lawmakers and their political masters from Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), to pro-Malay and Islamic civil society leaders and the myriad banners on display, the key thrust of the three-hour rally was the perceived threat that the fledgling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition posed to the inalienable special privileges held by Malaysia's majority ethnic community.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 09, 2018, with the headline 'Solid rally turnout points way forward for Malaysia's opposition'. Print Edition | Subscribe