Malaysian PM vows to repeal controversial security law

KAULA LUMPUR: Malaysia will repeal a tough security law used to detain government critics without charge under the former government, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said, with activists today hailing the “bold” vow.
It was the latest pledge by the country’s new reformist leaders to roll back repressive legislation introduced by scandal-hit ex-premier Najib Razak, whose long-serving government was toppled at elections in May.

Leading pro-democracy activists were among those arrested using the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or SOSMA, introduced in 2012 purportedly to combat security threats from extremists.

It allows for suspects to be detained without charge for 28 days and can incur a lengthy prison sentence.

In a speech late yesterday, Mahathir said Najib had used repressive laws to do “whatever he liked” and vowed to abolish SOSMA.

“The people will now be protected under laws that are fair and any offences will be brought before and decided by the court,” he…

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