Self-exiled former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy (centre) and Cambodian opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua (right) speak to the media outside the Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 12. - EPA

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines said on Wednesday it had stopped veteran Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy from boarding a flight from Kuala Lumpur to the Indonesian capital Jakarta on the instruction of Indonesian authorities.

Rainsy, who lives in self-imposed exile in France, has been in Malaysia since the weekend after initially saying he planned to return home on Saturday to rally opposition to authoritarian ruler Hun Sen.

“Malaysia Airlines denied boarding of the said passenger under the instruction of the Indonesian authorities,” Malaysia Airlines said in a statement in response to a Reuters question as to whether Rainsy had been stopped from boarding.--Reuters