Malaysia moves to lift 40-yr-old emergency decrees

Last Updated: Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 20:46

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia on Thursday moved to lift
three 40-year-old emergency decrees that allowed detention
without trial, with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak saying the
situation that had threatened public order no longer exists.

Najib tabled a motion in the parliament seeking lifting of
the three emergency proclamations that were enforced in the
1960s and 70s after the country witnessed widespread race

The latest move comes as part of the Najib government`s
commitment to introduce greater political reforms in the
country to expand civil liberties. In September, Najib had
also promised to repeal the tough Internal Security Act.

"The tabling of this motion shows that the Government is
ready to carry out reforms that are in line with current
needs," the prime minister told parliament.

He said the situation that had threatened the nation`s
security, economic life or public order decades back when the
emergency decrees were proclaimed no longer exists.

The motion seeks to lift the emergency proclamations that
were issued by the King in 1969 following the May 13, 1969
racial riots in this multi-ethnic country.

It is also to lift the emergency proclamations of 1966 and
1977 aimed at resolving political disputes in Sarawak and
Kelantan, respectively.


First Published: Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 20:46
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