Sep 14, 2019

Malaysia queen denounces arrest of online critics

AFP Malaysia's queen has briefly returned to Twitter to express disappointment at police arresting people for allegedly insulting her on social media. Late on Friday evening Khalid Ismath, a member of the Parti Socialis Malaysia party, was arrested for allegedly posting offensive messages about the queen. PSM deputy chairman S Arutchelvan told the Straits Times that the arrest had been unnecessary and said Mr Ismath had denied insulting the queen. Why did the queen leave Twitter in the first place? The Raja Permaisuri Agong had been criticised on social media during Malaysia's Independence Day celebrations on 31 August for taking lots of photographs, with some saying she had "Behaved like a small child", according to the Malaysia Star newspaper.

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