03 Oct '11, 6am

Malaysia PM Najib launches security law overhaul, tabling bills in Parliament to abolish the Internal Security Act

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday tabled bills in Parliament to abolish their Internal Security Act. -- PHOTO: AFP KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's prime minister has begun moves in Parliament to revoke strict security laws as part of his new pledge to protect civil liberties. The biggest overhaul of Malaysia's security policies in decades is expected to culminate in March with the repeal of a law that has enabled the government to detain hundreds of suspects without trial. Prime Minister Najib Razak promised last month that several laws long criticised by rights groups would be annulled. Opposition leaders consider it an effort to shore up the ruling coalition's support ahead of national elections expected by mid-2012. Mr Najib tabled bills in Parliament on Monday to abolish two laws that allow authorities to banish criminal suspects to remote distric...

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