Police fired tear gas today to disperse hundreds of activists demanding electoral refoams in Malaysia biggest anti-govermment street protests in nearly a decade.
The demonstrators were stopped by police cordon near a mosque in central Kuala Lumpur as they tried to march to a square. Police estimated the crowds at between 10,000 and 30,000.
They demanded the removal of phatom voters from electoral rolls, a crackdown on govemment workers using absentee ballots, access to state-controlled media by all political parties and an end to vote-buying and other irregularities.
The protest was the biggest since supporters of former deputy Minister Anwar Ibrahim took to the streets for several days in September 1998 to protest his dismissal by then-leader Mahatir Mohamad.