The Malaysian leg of the Olympic torch relay has safely drawn to a close in the capital Kuala Lumpur, where tight security prevented any possible disruptions.
The torch was greeted Monday by cheers and a sea of red Chinese flags as it began its 16-and-a-half kilometer route that was protected by some one-thousand policemen and commandos.
Shortly before the event began, Malaysian police ushered a Japanese family away from the starting point.
Witnesses say Chinese bystanders heckled the family and hit them with inflated plastic batons after they unfurled a Tibetan flag.
The torch relay has attracted large and sometimes chaotic protests as it has trekked across the globe, although most relays in Asia have been largely peaceful.
Some of the worst protests occurred during the Paris leg of its journey where a wheelchair-bound Chinese athlete, Jin Jing, was attacked by a pro-Tibet protester.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent a letter to Jin Jing today, expressing his sympathy and displeasure about the incident.