Gov't edgy over candlelight protests

Anil Netto

Modified 14 Nov 2008, 3:48 am

Heavy-handed police action against a gathering of Malaysians near a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, protesting against a draconian preventive detention law, suggests government nervousness at persistent public vigils.

The show of force comes at a time when Umno and its coalition partners are experiencing leadership transitions and factional struggles after a general election in March saw the coalition losing substantial ground to opposition parties.

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