Bersih a success, says organiser
THE Bersih street rally in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend was a success, with attendance of half a million people, the event organiser said, adding that the next target is to push for the General Election to be held within the next 12 to 18 months.
Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said when Parliament convenes next month, the hope is that there would be enough MPs to pass a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Najib Razak, news website The Malaysian Insider reported.
Ms Maria also said that donations to the rally had hit RM2.45 million (S$830,000).
She thanked the police for doing their "minimum" at the rally, suggesting they had shown restraint.
The organisers also thanked former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad for making appearances during the rally, but said they still do not see eye to eye on all issues.
Bersih estimated about 30 per cent of the participants were Malays, with the majority at the rally being ethnic Chinese.
Meanwhile, Deputy Home Minister Jazlan Mohamed said yesterday that only about 50,000 people had turned up at the rally, not half a million as Bersih has claimed, reported online newspaper Malay Mail.
Mr Najib has been under pressure since the United States-based Wall Street Journal published documents in July showing nearly US$700 million (S$990 million) had been deposited into his personal bank accounts, beginning in 2013.
His Cabinet ministers have since admitted to the transfers, calling them "political donations" from unidentified Arab sources, but refusing to explain further.