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  • BERSIH! BERSIH! Protest on the streets of Kuala Lumpur goes

  • into a second day as the demands for the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister build.

  • Hello and welcome to the program. The streets of Malaysia's capital are again

  • turned yellow as huge crowds in the distinctive shirts returns to large parts of Kuala Lumpur.

  • They are calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister, Najib Razak over a financial

  • scandal. Well many protesters camp out overnight after

  • a first day of rallys. Crowds are demanding to know why 700 million

  • dollars was paid into Mr. Najib's bank account. Our correspondent Jennifer Pak joins us from

  • the Malaysian capital. Significant numbers there.

  • What is the sort of estimates of numbers on the streets?

  • Jennifer Pak: Well of course it has been coming and going but certainly tenths of thousands here,

  • although organizers put the total participation

  • up to 300,000 for the last two days. The police significantly less saying maybe

  • 30,000 but just take a look behind me at the energy that is flowing through this crowd.

  • They been here praying, singing, giving political speeches, taking pictures, they are having

  • a lot of fun. But of course they are directing their anger

  • towards one man, Prime Minister Najib Razak. He has been accused of mismanaging a state

  • fund called 1MDB and more importantly also accused of taking public money.

  • Now he has been cleared by the anti-corruption agency of any wrong doing but many of these

  • protesters still believes that he has done something terribly wrong.

  • Protester #1: Our Prime Minister has lot of accusations to answer. The 1Malaysia DB, the

  • 2.6 billion. Where is the answer?

  • We want the answer. We need a clean government.

  • Protester #2: The leaders of our nation. They don't want to answer. Something like

  • the excuses they give us is so stupid. STUPID ANSWER like 'donation'

  • Billion, billion US dollar in your bank account, and then you said that it's a 'donation'.

  • What kind of "alasan", what kind of answer is that. Oh my god! You think, we all Malaysians

  • citizens are stupid. NO!

  • Protester #3: Lot of people are saying that

  • this is a waste of time. But I think we will look at the number of

  • people that are here, who left their work, today I think they left everything else they

  • can do this weekend. They are here because they think they can

  • make a difference. I think we are showing that the people do

  • have a huge power. We might not make a change tomorrow but this

  • is a start to show that we are headed somewhere.

  • While you hear from the protestors, even if no change comes immediately they are not

  • going to be dishearten simply because this country has been ruled by the governing coalition

  • for almost 6 decades. These people want to send a message to the

  • government that they cannot take their vote for granted.

  • How long though will the prime minister and the authorities put up with the demonstration

  • like this, like if it will go into another day?

  • They didn't want the demonstration to take place, and there is a significant security

  • presence there as well, is there?

  • Yes of course, the police has deemed this rally as illegal but as of yet we haven't

  • seen at least here in Kuala Lumpur on independence square, they blocked off the area for rehearsals

  • for independence day but they haven't really move against protesters because they say they

  • have respected the barriers that were set up by the police and so far everything seems

  • to be peaceful between the two sides. Now the protesters have said that they will

  • only hold it over the weekend, and they will be out of here when it comes to tomorrow,

  • when the country celebrates Independence Day. So it seems the organizers are going to keep

  • to their word, and people are fine with that but again they important thing is they want

  • to register their anger towards the government because in recent weeks prime minister has

  • actually moved against his critics. He has shut down media that that has been

  • following the cases too closely, he has sacked his deputy for questioning of his handling

  • of this scandal, and he has also replaced the attorney general investigating into the

  • funds that had gone into his bank account. There is a suspicion here that Prime Minister

  • Najib is not going to reveal the truth of where this money has gone to and is not willing

  • to give any more answers. So Malaysians here want to register their

  • voice to the governing coalition that this is not good enough.

  • Okay, Jennifer Pak at Kuala Lumpur. Thank you very much indeed.

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