KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia has summoned the US ambassador after both he and US Vice President Joe Biden questioned a government decision to retain and strengthen a controversial law limiting free speech, despite earlier pledging to abolish it. US envoy Joseph Yun was summoned Wednesday, the foreign ministry said, following his comments on the Sedition Act, which Prime Minister Najib Razak promised in 2012 would be binned. Under intense pressure from ruling-party conservatives, however, Najib sparked an outcry late last month by saying it would be retained and even broadened.

 The law is used overwhelmingly against opposition politicians and other regime critics. “Malaysia is disappointed that the US Ambassador has chosen to highlight his unwarranted comments on the decisions of the government,” the ministry said in a statement late Wednesday. “Malaysia calls on the US government to respect the internal affairs of the country.”