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Malaysia is trying to find a country that is willing to take in Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. -- Reuters photo

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is trying to find a country that is willing to take in Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Sochua was recently detained by the Immigration Department at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Dr Mahathir said it is not Malaysia’s policy to interfere with the politics of other countries.

"Our principle, in Asean in particular and generally, is that we don’t interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.

"We don't want to let them use Malaysia as a base for their struggle in other countries. This is not our affair.

"We want to deport her, but people (ask her) to come back here, now we are trying to find any country that can take her," he told a press conference after the National Government Pledge Committee Meeting earlier today.

Sochua is the vice-president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Last week, Thailand turned her away when she flew into Bangkok's main international airport.

She then flew to Indonesia, where the Cambodian embassy on Wednesday asked for her to be arrested after she held a news conference.

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah had previously said Wisma Putra has yet to decide on the request from the Cambodian government to deport several of its citizens, including Sochua.

Malaysia, he said, had received a request from Cambodia to return them.

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