24 Nov '11, 8am

Election ploy, or real reform? Malaysia lifts ban on student politics:

Election ploy, or real reform? Malaysia lifts ban on student politics:

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak repealed another security law Thursday, setting the stage for thousands detained without trial to be freed or face criminal charges. He also pledged to lift a student politics ban in line with promises to expand civil liberties ahead of polls widely expected to be called within months. Najib has been scrapping or amending a range of decades-old laws criticised as oppressive and outdated in an attempt to win back voters, who dealt the government its worst election results ever three years ago. Opposition leaders and activists claim the reform pledges are election ploys which do not herald any real change. "All our moves are the result of the government's respect for the people's aspirations and listening and responding to the pulse of the people," Najib told parliament in a rare televised address. "It is not cheap rhetoric ...

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