21 Nov '11, 4am

Malaysia to legalise peaceful gatherings without police permits

Malaysia's prime minister Najib Razak (above) is to table a law allowing peaceful gatherings without police permits, in an apparent pre-election move to improve civil liberties after street protests, a minister said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's prime minister is to table a law allowing peaceful gatherings without police permits, in an apparent pre-election move to improve civil liberties after street protests, a minister said on Monday. Nazri Aziz, who is in charge of law, told state media premier Najib Razak will propose the Peaceful Assembly Bill to replace one of a slew of old draconian laws that he promised to scrap in a surprise move in September. 'It will be tabled by Prime Minister Najib Razak (this) week, but we have yet to confirm the date,' Mr Nazri said. The New Straits Times, in a front-page headline, said the new bill would allow 'p...

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