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Malaysian reform group office raided ahead of rally, 2 held

  • In this picture taken Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, committee members from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) during a press conference at their office outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Police raided the "Bersih" office on the eve of a major rally demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. (AP Photo/Lim Huey Teng)

    In this picture taken Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, committee members from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) during a press conference at their office outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Police raided the "Bersih" office on the eve of a major rally demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. (AP Photo/Lim Huey Teng)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activists from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), march during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.  Malaysian police detained 12 activists and tightened security ahead of the rally Saturday by electoral reform group Bersih seeking Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation over a financial scandal. Bersih means "clean" in the Malay language. (AP Photo/Lim Huey Teng)

    Activists from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), march during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Malaysian police detained 12 activists and tightened security ahead of the rally Saturday by electoral reform group Bersih seeking Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation over a financial scandal. Bersih means "clean" in the Malay language. (AP Photo/Lim Huey Teng)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters occupy a street during a rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Malaysian police detained 12 activists and tightened security ahead of the rally Saturday by electoral reform group Bersih (clean) seeking Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation over a financial scandal. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Protesters occupy a street during a rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Malaysian police detained 12 activists and tightened security ahead of the rally Saturday by electoral reform group Bersih (clean) seeking Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation over a financial scandal. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysian police have raided the office of electoral reform group Bersih and detained two officials on the eve of a street rally by the group seeking the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal.

Bersih activists have vowed to proceed with Saturday's rally in Kuala Lumpur despite a police ban and fears of clashes with a pro-government group.

Bersih says on Twitter that its chairwoman Maria Chin and another official have been taken by police. It said Friday that police also confiscated 10 laptops, payrolls and bank statements.

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