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Malaysians march to demand reinstatement of graft charges against Ahmad Zahid

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Malaysians protest to demand reinstatement of graft charges against Ahmad Zahid: ‘justice for all’

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi walks free from 47 charges of corruption, sparking backlash from opposition and government supportersThe protest comes amid public outrage over what has been described as a betrayal of PM Anwar Ibrahim’s reform promises and anti-corruption pledgeMalaysiaJoseph SipalanPublished: 8:43pm, 16 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Hundreds of people marched on the streets of Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to demand the reinstatement of corruption charges against a key ally of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, as the government faces public outrage over what has been described as a betrayal of Anwar’s reform promises.

A High Court in Kuala Lumpur two weeks earlier discharged Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from 47 charges of corruption linked to a charity foundation that he established.

The move sparked backlash from both opposition and government supporters, who slammed Anwar for allegedly turning his back on his anti-corruption pledge.

Anwar has denied that his administration is walking back on its anti-graft stance, saying that it was entirely the decision of the attorney general based on facts that sufficiently disproved the charges levied against Ahmad Zahid.

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