Obama urged to push for rights, democracy in Malaysia visit

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Malaysia's opposition leader on Thursday urged US President Barack Obama to press for democratic reforms when he visits Kuala Lumpur for a weekend summit, saying the country was becoming an "intolerant autocracy".

"We call upon President Obama to use the opportunity of his tour in this region to reiterate the necessity for democratic reforms," opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said in a statement.

"He needs to remind (Malaysian) Prime Minister Najib Razak that trade and economic development must go hand in hand with advancing human rights and good governance."

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