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On the whole, both countries enjoy close relations, although the situation was somewhat tense during the Mahathir years. Occasional issues such as perceived Australian influence in Southeast Asian affairs, as well as the detention (and execution) of Australian citizens in Malaysia, further complicate relations between the two nations. Malaysia has a large student population in Australia, and many Malaysians have become naturalised Australian citizens (see Malaysian Australian).
Himpunan Hijau (Green Assembly), a civil movement protesting the Lynas rare earth project in Malaysia. In addition to the main rally at Kuala Lumpur, smaller rallies were held in 10 other cities in Malaysia, as well as in 34 other countries.