15 Sep '11, 4pm

Malaysian Spring? PM Najib says he'll repeal hated Internal Security Act. Snap elections expected to follow:

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia will repeal a controversial 51-year-old law allowing detention without trial and ease other legislation blamed for curbing civil liberties, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday. Bowing to a key opposition demand as speculation over snap polls mounts, Najib said the abolition of the tough Internal Security Act (ISA) and other changes were aimed at finding a balance between security and democratic rights. "I am happy to announce on this historic night that the ISA will be completely repealed," Najib said in a nationally televised speech. "The changes are aimed at having a modern, mature and functioning democracy which will continue to preserve public order, ensure greater civil liberty and maintain racial harmony." Najib took office in 2009 promising changes to ISA. But Thursday's announcement came as a surprise as government officials had recentl...

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