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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. Subscribe