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Malaysia MP accused of sedition for cursing ruling party

Published on Jun 18, 2014 7:24 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - An opposition lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday and said he would be charged with sedition for cursing the ruling party while speaking in a legislative assembly, the latest government opponent to be brought to court.

Sanisvara Nethaji Rayer Rajaji triggered protests last month when he called the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) "celaka" - a Malay word meaning "damned" or "accursed" - in comments in the assembly of the northern state of Penang.

He told AFP he was asked to report to police Wednesday and was arrested on arrival before being released on bail.

"I will be charged tomorrow morning for sedition. There is no difference, I stand by what I said and that's it," he said of the remarks that also led to some Umno members invading the state assembly.

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