15 Sep '11, 11pm

Malaysia to scrap Internal Security Act: PM Najib (via ST iPhone App)

Mr Najib said the abolition of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and other changes were aimed at striking a balance between security and democratic rights. -- PHOTO: AFP KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia will scrap a tough 51-year-old law allowing detention without trial and ease other legislation long blamed for curbing civil liberties, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday. Bowing to a key opposition demand as speculation over snap polls mounts, Mr Najib said the abolition of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and other changes were aimed at striking a balance between security and democratic rights. Opponents of the draconian laws gave a cautious welcome to the landmark announcement but called on the government not to undermine the move with new legislation that Mr Najib said would be drawn up. 'I am happy to announce on this historic night that the ISA will be complet...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STI...

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