Malaysia urges Sweden to act against reprinting of caricature of Prophet.


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1Malaysia urges Sweden to act against reprinting of caricature of Prophet .
2Malaysia has urged the Swedish government to take measures against three Swedish newspapers for reprinting the caricature of Prophet Muhammad last week .
3Malaysian foreign minister Anifah Aman said in a statement issued here on Saturday that Malaysia strongly denounced the reprinting of the caricature on March 10 , local newspaper , The Star reported on Sunday .
4Anifah said Malaysia was concerned that such despicable acts disregarded the sensitivities of the Muslim world in the name of freedom of expression .
5He described these acts as `` irresponsible '' and `` provocative and offensive in nature '' which were totally unacceptable .
6Therefore , he urged the Swedish authorities to take certain actions to prevent the repeat of such irresponsible acts in the future .
7According to The Star , the caricature , depicting Prophet Muhammad 's head on a dog 's body , is a creation of Swedish artist Lars Vilks , 63 , and was submitted to be displayed as an exhibit at a Swedish cultural heritage center .
8But it was rejected on security reasons .
9A Swedish newspaper printed the drawing in 2007 , with an editorial defending freedom of expression , leading to protests by Muslim countries and death threats against Vilks , said the daily .