Tens of thousands of people rallied near Malaysia’s capital Saturday night against alleged electoral fraud, further raising the political temperature after recent polls.

The latest in a series of protest rallies over the May 5 elections — which the opposition says were won fraudulently by the 56-year-old ruling coalition — saw a large crowd gather in an open field outside Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia’s Home Minister Zahid Hamidi had earlier called the rally a “provocation”, coming after four people were arrested including two opposition politicians, actions that sparked allegations of a post-election crackdown on dissent.

The three-party opposition plans to file court challenges to the result in 27 parliamentary seats. — AFP