Malaysian Police Arrest Man Over Statements Supporting Diplomatic Relations With Israel

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police said on Wednesday they have arrested a 36-year-old man to assist in a sedition probe regarding statements he made supporting diplomatic relations with Israel.

Malaysia, a majority-Muslim country, is a staunch supporter of Palestine and does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

“The statement was made during an interview with an Israeli social media influencer,” Mohamad Shuhaily Mohamad Zain, director of the police criminal investigations department, said in a statement.

The investigation is being carried out under the sedition act, communications and multimedia act, and the penal code, police said, adding that the individual has been remanded in custody for three days starting Wednesday.

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