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Malaysia Human Rights Commission denied permission to monitor elections

Malaysia’s Election Commission has rejected an application by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) to monitor the country’s upcoming general election.

The rejection means that the commission will not be allowed inside polling stations during its monitoring.

“Suhakam cannot comprehend this decision especially as we are informed that there will be international observers during the election,” the commission’s chair Razali Ismail said in a statement on Thursday.

Mr Ismail said the commission would “in the public interest proceed with its monitoring plan”.