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Thousands in Malaysia vote protest

Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 01:21

May 9 - More than 40,000 people take part in a protest over the outcome of Malaysia's parliamentary election they say was fraudulent. Paul Chapman reports.

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More than 40, 000 opposition supporters turned out for this defiant rally to challenge the outcome of Malaysia's elections. Many wore black to mourn what they called the death of democracy. The weekend ballot saw the ruling coalition hold on to its 56-years in power albeit with a reduced parliamentary majority. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is pledging to expose the voting fraud he says cost his party victory. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANWAR IBRAHIM, MALAYSIA OPPOSITION LEADER, SAYING: "You have no confidence in your people, you have to resort to cheating, buying and forcing Bangladeshi, Indonesians and Filipinos to vote for you." Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said he was taken by surprise by the scale of what he called the Chinese tsunami. Ethnic Chinese make up a quarter of Malaysia's population - and they voted overwhelmingly for the opposition. (SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) LEONG YUK KHOW, ETHNIC CHINESE VOTER, SAYING: "It doesn't matter whether we're Chinese, Malay or Indian, we're Malaysians. We chinese know that the government is very corrupt and that's why we were trying to overthrow them. It was the Malaysians trying to throw them out, not just ethnic Chinese." Malaysia's government had earlier accused Anwar of fomenting division and planning to cause unrest at the rally. Despite that, there were no reports of violence and the police presence appeared thin.

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Thousands in Malaysia vote protest

Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 01:21