The shock abdication of Malaysia’s Sultan Muhammad V – seen here with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad – has prompted speculation about his successor. Photo: AFP

Malaysia’s king has stepped down – but watch what you say about the throne

  • The country’s Conference of Rulers is deciding who becomes the next king following a shock abdication
  • But colonial-era sedition laws have been used against civilians criticising the monarchy, sparking ire and raising questions on freedom of speech rights
Topic |   Malaysia

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The shock abdication of Malaysia’s Sultan Muhammad V – seen here with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad – has prompted speculation about his successor. Photo: AFP
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