Bersih rally provides lessons to Malaysian gov’t   2011-07-12 20:13:21 By Jia Ning Tan

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Xinhua) — Last weekend’s rally in Malaysia posed a question to the government: should it look into the electoral system or are there lessons to be learned?

On Saturday, floods of activists of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections or Bersih joined an illegal street demonstration in Kuala Lumpur, demanding for an electoral reform.

The authorities put the figure of demonstrators at five to six- thousand people.

The situation returned to normal at 6 p.m. on the day and a total of 1,667 demonstrators were arrested, including the organizers of the rally but were released by Sunday.

Meanwhile, thousands of activists living abroad also gathered in about 30 different cities around the world demonstrating for the same cause, making the rally the largest one over the past four years.

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