» 11/13/2007, 00.00
Tensions in Malaysia as elections approach
Elections are scheduled for April 2008 but the atmosphere is tense. The outgoing Badawi administration is facing challenges and widespread dissatisfaction. The largest mass rally held in the last ten years was held on Saturday; protesters demanded electoral reform and the king’s commitment to protect the constitution.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim again under arrest
He is taken into custody an hour before he was due to give a statement to police at 2 pm today to answer sodomy charges. For analysts it is essentially a political matter.
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Some 50,000 march in Kuala Lumpur calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib
Najib Razak has long been at the centre of a scandal for years. A “yellow wave" of protesters marched, sang, and discussed the issue, demanding the release of Maria Chin Abdullah, head of Bersih, who was arrested on the eve of the march on charges of extremism.
24/11/2016 13:23:00 MALAYSIA
Online “Free Maria" petition for democracy leader reaches 40,000 signatures
Maria Chin Abdullah was arrested on 18 November for violating Malaysia’s security law (SOSMA). The activist heads Bersih, a pro-democracy movement that is calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Razak. For civil society groups, "The government uses SOSMA to imprison political opponents."
Anwar Ibrahim set free
Kuala Lumpur: Government suspends opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim
The former deputy premier accuses the government of having ties with Israel. Along with him, three other members of Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition coalition, have been suspended. This move brings the Barison Nasional, the ruling party, to regain a majority of two thirds, lost for the first time in 40 years with the 2008 elections.
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