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Malaysia denies censoring BBC's report on kangkong price

Published on Jan 16, 2014 12:53 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's Internet regulator on Thursday denied accusations that it was blocking access to a BBC report about netizens in the Muslim-majority nation lampooning the country's prime minister.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's administration faces public discontent over hikes in government-controlled fuel and power prices.

He responded to the criticism in a weekend speech in which he highlighted a drop in the price of water spinach, a common dish in Malaysian cuisine known locally as "kangkong".

Malaysians soon began mocking Mr Najib - who recently came under fire for traveling with his wife on luxurious private jets at taxpayer's expense - as being out of touch with common citizens.

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