05 Oct '11, 6am

Malaysia PM Najib Razak orders 125 freed in reform drive

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Wednesday the government would immediately release 125 people held under a tough security law he has targeted for repeal. Mr Najib, who is widely tipped to call snap polls within months, last month unexpectedly announced plans to scrap a range of decades-old draconian laws long criticised as oppressive and outdated. The moves come as Mr Najib, who faces a formidable political opposition, tries to boost his uncertain re-election hopes three months after police used tear gas and water cannon to crush a street rally calling for electoral reforms. Mr Najib told parliament's lower house that curbs imposed by the Restricted Residence Act - which allows police to restrict where people live and is exempt from court review - would be lifted at once.

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