KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian opposition lawmaker has been charged with sedition over a satirical video that sparked protests by Islamic groups, who accused her of disparaging ethnic Malay Muslims.
Teresa Kok says the charge against her is an attempt by the government to weaken the opposition.
Kok pleaded not guilty Tuesday to producing the 11-minute clip entitled “Onederful Malaysia,” in which she interviewed three panelists on their predictions for the Lunar New Year that poked fun at a range of domestic issues.
Part of the video deemed seditious includes jokes on Malaysia being a dangerous country, last year’s invasion of a Malaysian village on Borneo by a Filipino clan and the education system.
If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison.