Malaysia's Post General Election Rally 2013
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Malaysia's Post General Election Rally 2013

Himpunan Black Out 2013
Date8 May - 22 June 2013
Every state in Malaysia and federal territory of Kuala Lumpur except Sabah and Sarawak.
Caused byAllegations of fraud in 2013 Malaysian general election
GoalsTo express discontent with the election result
Parties to the civil conflict
Lead figures
120,000 (First Rally)
150,000 (Second Rally)[1]
Casualties and losses

Malaysia's Post General Election rally 2013 or Himpunan Black Out 2013 (Malay) was a series of rallies held throughout Malaysia after the 2013 general election to express discontent with the election result. The first rally was in Kelana Jaya, Malaysia on 8 May 2013. The rally was held by various Malaysian opposition-friendly non-governmental organisations and opposition parties claiming that there had been irregularities in the polling. The main venue chosen for the rally was Kelana Jaya Stadium. Web sites and blogs favourable to the opposition claimed that the rally was attended by 120,000 people.[2] Noting that the stadium's normal capacity is about 25,000, other sources estimated the number of people in and around it to be between 64,000 and 69,000.[3]

List of nationwide "Himpunan Black Out" rallies

A crowd of black-clad protesters at Penang State Stadium, Penang.

Accusing the Election Commission of fraudulent conduct

The rally was initiated by Anwar Ibrahim, who claimed that the election was fraudulent. The opposition won 3 states (Selangor, Kelantan and Penang), but Barisan Nasional won the elections despite losing the popular vote, thereby gaining the mandate to lead Malaysia for another 5 years. In the rally Anwar Ibrahim urged opposition supporters to wear black as a sign of protest.[4]

Issues raised

Anwar Ibrahim and other Democratic Action Party (DAP) leaders present at the rally raised issues such as phantom voters, blackouts and the usage of indelible ink by the Malaysian Election Commission.[5][failed verification]

See also


  1. ^ Choon Mei, Wong (11 May 2013). "More than 150,000 at Penang's largest-ever rally to protest 'cheating' Najib, EC". The Malaysia Chronicle. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Live Report. "120,000 show of force at post-GE13 rally", Malaysiakini, Kelana Jaya, 8 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ Lyn, Boo Su; Ding, Emily (9 May 2013). "Thousands pack Kelana Jaya stadium for Pakatan rally". The Malaysian Insider. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Razak Ahmad and Florence A. Samy. "Malaysia Elections: BN wins with 133, wrests back Kedah", Asiaone, Petaling Jaya, 6 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  5. ^ Chooi, Clara (5 May 2013). "Najib denies BN link to phantom voter claims". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 2015.

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