Malaysia: thousands expected for pro-govt rally

Protesters gather at checkpoints in Malaysia capital in support of prime minister before marching to historical field

Malaysia: thousands expected for pro-govt rally

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of people are gathering in the Malaysian capital for a "red shirts" rally in support of Prime Minister Najib Razak -- and also seen as an assertion of Malay ethnic dominance in the country.

Malay protesters -- clad in red T-shirts -- gathered at checkpoints around the city center Wednesday before marching to the historical Padang Merbok open field.

Organisers of the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu [United People’s Rally] have said they expect some 25,000 supporters to take part in the noon rally.

The protest is being held as Malaysians celebrate the 52nd Malaysia Day anniversary, symbolising the union of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak into one country in 1963.

A heavy police presence could be seen at major checkpoints, with the Federal Reserve Unit standing by to handle any disturbances.

Major roads leading to the city center have been closed off, with many Malaysians aiming to enjoy the public holiday in the city center unable to enter.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Eylül 2015, 10:15