Malaysia to repeal repressive security law

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Riot police officers stand guard outside the entrance of Subang airport near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia will repeal the repressive Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or SOSMA, introduced in 2012 purportedly to combat security threats from extremists. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the legislation, introduced by scandal-hit ex-premier Najib Razak was used to detain government critics without charge under the former government, Mr Najib was toppled in the May 9, 2018 general elections. Mr Mahathir said Mr Najib had used repressive laws to do “whatever he liked” under 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 was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times newspaper.

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