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alaysian activists from Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), background, sit on a street as they face riot police during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday. Pic: AP.

Malaysia launches PR clean-up after Bersih crackdown backlash

By Tue, Jul 12, 2011 1:19PM UTC Comments Off alaysian activists from Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), background, sit on a street as they face riot police during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday. Pic: AP.

The Malaysian government is now scrambling for a public-relations boosting exercise globally following the dent in its reputation made by its hard crackdown on the BERSIH 2.0 rally that caught worldwide media attention. Within two days of the rally, several commentaries appeared prominently on foreign dailies, including in Indonesia and Singapore, putting the Malaysian government...

Soul-searching for Malaysia post-Bersih rally

By Sun, Jul 10, 2011 2:26PM UTC Comments Off Malaysian Muslim activists march in front of U.S. Embassy during a protest rally after Friday prayers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 1, 2011. Pic:AP.

In the morning of July 10 2011, Petaling Street- the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur- is once again bustling with activities. In local coffeeshops, families sit around one another, while enjoying a typical Cantonese breakfast of fried noodles and sipping hot cups of kopi-O, or local black coffee with sugar, as part of their Sunday routine....