Kuala Lumpur | 30 Aug 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Tens of thousands of Malaysians turned up for the Bersih 4 rally in the heart of Kuala Lumpur primarily to push for calls for free and fair elections.
This time around, unlike the earlier rounds of the gathering, there was also a call for the resignation of the Prime Minister. Bersih means clean in Malay.
Sikhs, too, were seen in the crowd. Men in turbans were visible amongst the multi-racial and multi-faith participants of the 34-hour assembly which began yesterday (Aug 29). There were ladies, as well.
“It was fun. I was in the crowd,” said a first-time woman participant in a social media posting, referring to a photo showing a sea of yellow around Dataran Merdeka, or Independence Square.
The gathering had been declared ‘illegal’ by the Malaysian authorities, with the Home Ministry declaring a ban on the donning of the yellow Bersih 4 T-shirts.
“The gathering had been peaceful and festive,” reports The Malaysian Insider, a popular news portal. “Police have not taken any action against protestors so far – a departure form the use of tear gas and chemical-laced water in previous Bersih rallies.”