01 Oct '11, 6am

Malaysia to start security law reforms next week

Malaysia to start security law reforms next week

Malaysia will move to abolish two minor security laws next week but wait to scrap the tougher Internal Security Act (ISA) until next year, the prime minister said. -- PHOTO: AFP KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia will move to abolish two minor security laws next week but wait to scrap the tougher Internal Security Act (ISA) until next year, the prime minister said. Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged last month to abolish the dreaded ISA, which allows indefinite detention without trial, and reform other laws which opposition leaders and activists have long criticised as outdated and cruel. Mr Najib said late on Friday that he would table motions in Parliament next week to scrap two laws which restrict criminal suspects' movements and allow for them to be exiled. 'Whatever we can speed up, we speed up,' Mr Najib was quoted as saying by the national news agency Bernama as saying.

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