M'sia accused of rights abuse for barring activist's trip

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Malaysia's government faced fresh allegations of trampling rights on Monday after the leader of a massive demonstration last year calling for the premier's ouster over a graft scandal said she was prevented going abroad to accept an award.

Maria Chin Abdullah, who heads the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections -- Malaysia's leading political pressure group -- said she was stopped Sunday night from travelling to South Korea to accept the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights on behalf of her group.

"It's outrageous and shows a desperate government clutching on to power when it should be accountable," she told AFP.

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