It was January 12. The Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur was swarmed by thousands of Malaysians in yellow, green and blue shirts---waving flags. The rally was called by the Opposition to protest against the ‘illiberal and undemocratic coalition government’.
The ruling party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO)---in power since 1954---has become a symbol of corruption, oppression and censorship. The rally, on the contrary, mirrors the reality that Malaysia is on the threshold of change.