Thousands demonstrate for changes in electoral process in Malaysia

The Muslim News OnLine
Over 30,000 people protested in Kuala Lumpur Friday demanding changes in electoral processahead of general elections expected early next year.

The police used water cannons and tear gas to prevent the demonstrators reaching Malaysia’s royal palace. Witnesses said jets of “chemically-laced water” were targeted at many protesters. Many were arrested.
The demonstration was organised by Bersih, which is a coalition of various opposition parties and NGOs.
A small group of people managed to reach Malaysia’s royal palace, and presented a memorandum of their concerns to the king.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the government would not tolerate street protests. “They are challenging the patience of the people who want the country to be peaceful and stable,” he said.