31 Aug '15, 2am

#Bersih4 protests fail to draw large ethnic Malay crowd

#Bersih4 protests fail to draw large ethnic Malay crowd

KUALA LUMPUR — Weekend rallies that saw tens of thousands of people in the Malaysian capital demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak failed to draw ethnic Malays, indicating a funding scandal hasn’t spurred major dissent in the premier’s grassroots base. Singing and chanting crowds estimated by organisers at 300,000 and by authorities to have reached 50,000 packed central Kuala Lumpur for two days, wearing yellow t-shirts emblazoned with the Malaysian word for “clean”. Organisers the coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, or Bersih, said about 30 per cent of people were Malay, with the rally dominated by ethnic Chinese who have drifted from Mr Najib’s ruling coalition in recent years. Malays account for as much as 60 per cent of the country’s 30 million people, though estimates vary, and are the cornerstone of Mr Najib’s United Malays National Organisation (U...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/big-anti-najib-prot...

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