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19 Oct 2018 | 12:26 PM UTC

Malaysia: Protests possible after corruption charges against opposition leader

Malaysia News Alert

Protests in support of opposition leader possible after corruption and criminal charges issued against him; avoid all gatherings

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/26/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur). COUNTRY/REGION Kuala Lumpur

Event

Localized gatherings and protests are possible in the capital Kuala Lumpur and other cities after opposition leader, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, was charged on Friday, October 19, on multiple corruption and criminal charges. On the day, several supporters gathered outside the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex and attempted to force their way in. Further such gatherings are possible in the coming days and weeks as the trial is held. A heightened security presence along with localized traffic disruptions can be expected in the vicinity of the courthouse.

Context

Zahid heads the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), which lost elections in May 2018 for the first time since independence in 1957.

Advice

Individuals present in Malaysia are advised to avoid public rallies as a precaution.

 

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