Malaysia media claims Jewish plot after rally
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government-linked media has claimed that foreign Jewish groups might try to meddle in this Muslim-majority country by supporting an opposition-backed push to reform electoral laws. Political activists who recently staged a huge demonstration say the accusation is an irresponsible attempt to discredit them through appeals to religious prejudice. The Malay-language Utusan Malaysia newspaper said in an editorial Monday that Malaysians "cannot allow anyone, especially the Jews, to interfere secretly in this country's business." It offered no evidence and named no specific group. Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration cracked down July 9 on at least 20,000 demonstrators who marched in Kuala Lumpur demanding more transparency in electoral laws.