The Malaysian government has launched a crackdown on calls of electoral reform, outlawing a major apolitical rally to support an overhaul of the notoriously crooked Malaysian electoral system. It has also demanded that Malaysian students in Australia not engage in protest and begun rounding up not just protesters but anything associated with the reform group.

On Saturday, the government outlawed the Coalition for Clean & Fair Elections (known as Bersih 2.0) for "creating unease among the people", ahead of a mass rally involving non-political groups and a range of political parties outside the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition next weekend. Opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat has vowed to support the rally regardless of the government’s actions.