But number of supporters discernibly smaller than earlier rallies, suggesting waning interest

A protester with a black mask participating in the “Black 505” rally against electoral fraud in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — PHOTO: AP
By Teo Cheng Wee, Regional Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur

Despite the haze and warnings from police, thousands of Malaysians gathered for the opposition’s first demonstration in the Malaysian capital against electoral fraud.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim promised that the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) would continue to protest against the results, signalling that there could be a feisty session of Parliament when it opens tomorrow.

But the number of supporters at the Padang Merbok field in downtown Kuala Lumpur yesterday was discernibly smaller than earlier gatherings in urban areas, suggesting waning interest in the protests, which began more than a month ago.

“We will continue to contest the election results in and outside the Parliament, in the domestic and international arena,” Datuk Seri Anwar told the crowd. Most supporters dressed in the movement’s black colour, and some wore face masks for the haze.



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