By Siva Sithraputhran and Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police arrested three opposition politicians and activists on Thursday and charged another with sedition, launching a crackdown on dissent three weeks after an election exposed deep divisions in the country and sparked a series of opposition protest rallies. The arrests and the charging of a student activist under the country's Sedition Act signal a hardening stance by the government after the May 5 poll, which it won in unconvincing style that has highlighted electoral system problems. ...
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