31 Aug '15, 10pm

After the protests, Malaysia celebrates

Prime Minister Najib Razak presided over a colourful parade cheered by thousands of flag-waving spectators yesterday, the annual Independence Day event coming mere hours after the biggest show of disapproval against his governance. Electoral reforms group Bersih, which organised the 34-hour weekend rally, claimed it attracted half a million people, a figure rubbished by government officials. At a press conference yesterday, its leaders thanked the police for their restraint at the peaceful rally. Despite the huge turnout of yellow-clad protesters, the leaders acknowledged it remained an uphill battle to oust Datuk Seri Najib and begin the process of reforming public institutions and an election system they see as flawed. "Now begins the even harder work of getting the reforms going, as well as insisting on the resignation of the Prime Minister," Bersih chief Maria Chin Abd...

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