Najib Razak | Malaysia's new security law debuts as PM Najib fights critics
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the opening of a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the opening of a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo

Malaysia’s new security law debuts as PM Najib fights critics

August 1, 2016 3:41 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Tough new security legislation came into force in Malaysia Monday, with critics saying the “draconian” law threatens democracy and could be used against opponents of the scandal-tainted premier.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the opening of a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the opening of a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo

The National Security Council Act was pushed through parliament in December by the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who for more than a year has faced calls to resign over a huge alleged corruption scandal.

The legislation gives the government power to declare virtual martial law in areas deemed to be under “security threat.”

Critics accuse Najib and his government of enacting the law, and other tough recent legislation, to ward off political and legal challenges. Read More

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