AUGUST 26 2015 05:28h

Police arrest 17 activists outside parliament building in Malaysia

Police arrest activists outside parliament building in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – Malaysian police arrested 17 youth activists who camped outside the parliament building to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, a district police chief said Wednesday.

The youths were arrested late Tuesday on the second day of their demonstration in central Kuala Lumpur, according to Sentul police chief R Munusamy.

Munusamy said the arrested activists were among about 30 youths who have been outside the parliament since Monday.

He said they would be investigated for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

At the weekend, a huge rally is expected to be held in central Kuala Lumpur to demand the resignation of Najib, who is facing his worst political crisis since becoming the country’s premier in 2009.

Najib’s woes started last month after a Wall Street Journal report indicated that 2.9 million ringgit (673 million dollars) in the premier’s bank accounts came from a state development fund.

The premier insisted he did not steal from the public fund. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, which investigated the case, said the money in his accounts were from donations from Middle East and not from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund.