Placement of exclamation mark

Once again we have a chance for change, a chance to overhaul the system, this corrupt system," he said in Malay, as the crowd chanted “Re-for-masi”!

Should it be “Re-for-masi!” instead ?

Thanks.

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I think so.
It’s the word “Re-for-masi” that is being exclaimed, not the entire sentence, and so the exclamation point should belong inside the quotes.
Here is a rearrangement of the sentence that makes the placement of the exclamation point more obvious:
The crowd chanted “Re-for-masi!” as he spoke.

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“Once again we have a chance for change, a chance to overhaul the system, this corrupt system,” he said in Malay as the crowd chanted “Re-for-masi!”

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