Thousands of protesters have gathered in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister (PM) Najib Razak.
Dressed in yellow-shirts to press down their demands, they said the PM had to face all the charges labelled against him.
The demonstrators want Razak to face charges over allegations that billions were looted from his brainchild investment fund, 1MDB.
They protesters were undeterred by a police ban and the arrest of a number of activists ahead of the planned action.
Razak had denied any wrongdoing and said he would not be cowed by protests.
In a statement on his blog, Razak called Bersih – the electoral reformist group which organised the protest – “deceitful”.
He said the group had become a tool for opposition parties to unseat a democratically elected government.
But his accusations were dismissed by Bersih deputy chair Shahrul Aman Shaari, while addressing the crowd at the National Mosque.
“We are not here to bring down the country. We love this country. We are not here to tear down the government; we’re here to strengthen it.”
This is the second rally organised by Bersih, which means “clean” in the Malay language, to demand Razak resignation in 15 months, and comes after weeks of rising tension between the “yellow shirts” and pro-government “red shirts”.