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You can return to Malaysia anytime, home minister tells RPK

Saifuddin Nasution says Raja Petra Kamarudin could contact him if he did not have the necessary travel papers after the latter claimed that he was not allowed to return to the country.

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Raja Petra Kamarudin. Photo: Twitter
Raja Petra Kamarudin. Photo: Twitter

Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin needs to use the right channels and have complete travel documents if he wants to return to Malaysia as conveyed in a video recording posted on his social media account recently.

Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the government had never prevented Raja Petra from returning home.

"He can write me a letter if he misses Malaysia and wants to come back. As a Malaysian, he just needs a proper channel, and if he has issues with the proper documentation or his (travel) document has been cancelled or has been subject to a restraining order and so on, he can ask me officially.

"I will look into it. That is better than voicing this on social media," he said at the exclusive session of media editors with the home minister at the home ministry in Putrajaya yesterday.

He said this in response to Raja Petra's previous statement which claimed that he was not allowed to return to Malaysia by the government and police.

In the video recording, Raja Petra claimed to have used various means to return to Malaysia since 2013, including holding negotiations with Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi under the administration of then prime minister Najib Razak without success.

He also claimed to have held negotiations with two Cabinet ministers as well as Bukit Aman to hep him return to the country.

Raja Petra was reported to have fled the country after two arrest warrants were issued against him for failing to appear in court in 2009 for his trial of allegedly publishing seditious and defamatory articles through his website.