Tens of thousands of people have peacefully demonstrated in Malaysia against the government involved in a huge corruption scandal. They traveled through the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The head of government is currently at the APEC summit of the Pacific countries in Peru.
“We need detachment,” cried the former Vice-Najib, Muhyiddin Yassin. The head of the government fired him in 2015. Muhyiddin had denied the withdrawal of real investigations into the corruption scandal. “Liberate the people,” stood on posters. “If Najib can not lead the government clean, he should give it to someone else,” said demo participant Mohd Nazar Mat Juan. The march also included one of Najib’s sharpest critics, the long-time prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (91).
The corruption scandal is about three billion US dollars, which have disappeared from the state fund 1MDB under Najibs leadership. Najib said that he donated millions from his personal accounts as donations from Saudi Arabia. Prosecutors in Singapore, Switzerland and the USA.
The number of participants fell short of expectations. The organizers had mobilized 400,000 people last year, but on Saturday they estimated the number of participants only up to 80,000, the police spoke of 15,000. To the contrary, the government did not arrive as announced 300 000 people, but according to police 2,500 Government adversaries appeared in yellow, the followers in red – perhaps as a result of the yellow and red shirts that were demonstrating against each other until the military coup in 2014 in Thailand.
The security forces were in operation with thousands of forces and had placed in position water jugs and tear gas tanks, which were not used. It was only on Friday that the police had searched the rooms of the organizers, the Bersih organization, and arrested the headmistress, Maria Chin Abdullah and a number of his followers. They may have received illegal donations from abroad. Bersih is clean in German.