More than 10,000 yellow-shirt protesters rallied in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, seeking Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation over a financial scandal and undeterred by a police ban and the arrest of more than a dozen activists.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has been spearheading calls for Razak's resignation, joined the rally, adding momentum to the demonstration, which was organised by the electoral reform group 'Bersih'.
Najib, who is attending an Asia-Pacific summit in Lima, Peru, has kept an iron grip since corruption allegations emerged two years ago involving the indebted 1MDB state fund that he founded.
1MDB is at the centre of investigations in the US and several other countries.
Najib, who has denied any wrongdoing, said he won't be cowed by the rallies.
In a statement on his blog, Najib called Bersih "deceitful" and said the group has become a tool for opposition parties to unseat a democratically elected government.