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Malaysia Braces for Saturday's Anti-Government Rally

  • Bersih group convoys unable to stop in small, rural towns
  • Group plans rally in capital against premier on weekend
A protester waves the Malaysian Flag around a large crowd gathered around the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) during the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections rally, also known as Bersih, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Malaysian protesters pressed on with the second day of an anti-government rally in the capital, chanting slogans and defiantly wearing the yellow T-shirts that the government had said were banned.
Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg
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At a night market north of the Malaysian capital, Ezat Nasir paced up and down as he awaited the arrival of anti-government activists. An avowed supporter of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling party, his job was to scare the group away.

Campaigners with the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections drove past the bazaar -- bustling with families enjoying a balmy Saturday evening -- and left the township of Bukit Sentosa without stopping to distribute leaflets. "Sorry, due to security reason," a member of the convoy texted Bloomberg News.