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Malaysian group to hold anti-Najib rally despite ban

In this Oct. 15, 2016 photo, pro-democracy activists wave "Bersih 5" flags in Sekinchan, Malaysia. Malaysian pro-democracy activists have vowed to go ahead with a massive rally on Saturday, Nov. 19 to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation over a financial scandal despite a police ban and fears of clashes with a pro-government group. Chairwoman Maria Chin of Bersih says Saturday's rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur will protest poor governance and a lack of accountability that have led to "grand corruption" in the 1MDB fund. (AP Photo/Lim Huey Teng)

In this Oct. 15, 2016 photo, pro-democracy activists wave "Bersih 5" flags in Sekinchan, Malaysia. Malaysian pro-democracy activists have vowed to go ahead with a massive rally on Saturday, Nov. 19 to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation over a financial scandal despite a police ban and fears of clashes with a pro-government group. Chairwoman Maria Chin of Bersih says Saturday's rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur will protest poor governance and a lack of accountability that have led to "grand corruption" in the 1MDB fund. (AP Photo/Lim Huey Teng)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysian pro-democracy activists have vowed to go ahead with a massive rally this weekend to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation over a financial scandal despite a police ban and fears of clashes with a pro-government group.

Najib has kept an iron grip since graft allegations emerged two years ago in the indebted 1MDB state investment fund that he founded. The fund is at the center of investigations in the U.S. and several other countries.

Chairwoman Maria Chin of Bersih says Saturday's rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur will protest poor governance and a lack of accountability that have led to "grand corruption" in the 1MDB fund.

A ruling party politician is planning to lead a counter rally. Police have outlawed both rallies and the government has warned of action.