Malaysia: Protest group Bersih 2.0 to hold mass rally over ‘siphoned’ billions
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Malaysia: Protest group Bersih 2.0 to hold mass rally over ‘siphoned’ billions

A MASS rally is going to be held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur by the end of the year over the scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign wealth fund issue that has dogged Prime Minister Najib Razak’s leadership lately.

The announcement of the rally, organised by the Coalition of Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0), comes amid accusations that billions of dollars had been swindled out of 1MDB and into the hands of people with close ties to Najib.

The accusations led to the opening of a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice to seize some US$1 billion dollars in assets against 1MDB two weeks ago, The Sun reported.

The exact date has not been announced yet, but the rally would be the fifth mass protest the group has organised. During such rallies, supporters would don yellow clothes and “flood” the streets, calling for electoral reforms and an end to corrupt practices, among other matters.

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The group’s chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah, confirmed in a press conference on Wednesday that the rally would be held later this year, but said that the venue of the protest is yet to be confirmed.

“We need to do awareness at the present moment. At the ground level, the impact of 1MDB is not fully understood. We need to raise awareness so that people will be able to understand this cannot go on anymore,” she was quoted as saying in The Star.

She called on Malaysians to rise up against the “grand corruption and betrayal of trust” involved in the 1MDB scandal.

According to The Sun, Maria said a series of smaller rallies and protests would take place, building up to the main event.

However, Bersih 2.0 was now working on creating bigger awareness and to highlight the 1MDB issue to the nation, she added.

The group hoped to gather at least half a million people in the rally, she said.

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