Tens of thousands of Malaysians continued their protest against their embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak into the night on Saturday, gathering on Merdeka Square in the centre of the city.
Earlier in the day protesters in yellow Bersih (Malay for clean) T-shirts and headbands converged at five different locations and were seen marching to areas surrounding the landmark Merdeka Square, where celebrations to mark Malaysia's 58th National Day will be held on Monday.
The crowds were undeterred by a heavy police presence after authorities declared the rally illegal, blocked the organiser's website and banned yellow attire and the logo of Bersih, the coalition for clean and fair elections that's behind the weekend rallies.
Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad added momentum to the rally when he made a surprise brief appearance in the city late on Saturday with his wife to loud cheers from the crowd, and telling protestors to "carry on."
Najib has been fighting for political survival after leaked documents in July showed he received some 700 (m) million US dollars in his private accounts from entities linked to indebted state fund '1MDB'.
He later said the money was a donation from the Middle East, fired his critical deputy and four other Cabinet members as well as the attorney general investigating him.