Tens of thousands of supporters of the opposition People’s Alliance packed into a stadium Wednesday night in Kuala Lumpur, not to celebrate their best-ever election performance. They were there to protest against what they say is the fraud that robbed them of victory.
Analysts say electoral districts heavily favored the ruling coalition, with many seats for smaller populations in rural areas that are the National Front’s strongholds. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim goes further, accusing the election commission of siding with the ruling coalition.
"Yeah, we have seen the ground swell and they have been translated into the elections only to be stolen by the ruling clique. But now I think what we need to do is to explain and let the people take up from there - what do they want? They want to surrender to the corrupt regime or they want to claim what is rightfully theirs?" asked Ibrahim.
The National Front maintains that the elections were free and fair.
The opposition People’s Alliance succeeded in cutting the ruling coalition’s majority in parliament; it won many more seats in state legislatures; it tightened its grip on Malaysia’s two most-developed states, which it has ruled for five years.
1.electoral fraud 选举舞弊
She has denied allegations of corruption and electoral fraud.
2.pack into 挤进…里；塞进
Thousands of people packed into the stadium.
3.side with 支持；站在…的一边
We should side with the people.
4.clique n. 派系；阀；私党；小圈子
The reactionary ruling clique was torn by internal strife.
5.grip vt. 紧握；夹紧
The book grips you from start to finish.