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Penang govt ready to plead for leniency for Malaysians arrested in S'pore

Published on May 30, 2013 3:34 PM

The Penang government is willing to plead for leniency with Singapore for Malaysians, especially any Penangites, who had gathered to seek electoral reforms in their country, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He said the state government is trying to determine whether there were any Penangites among the 21 Malaysians arrested for staging two protests on May 8 and 11, Malayiakini reported.

He added that while Penang acknowledged and respected the Singapore government's right to determine and take action based on its own laws and affairs, Singapore should not reject efforts to plead for leniency.

"Such an effort is based on humane grounds and should not be seen as foreign interference in Singapore affairs," said Mr Lim in a statement.

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