Malaysian bill courts controversy

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Source: Tang Ruyxn/SAYS

Malaysian government passed a new security law late on Thursday, drawing great criticism from the Human Rights Watch and the opposition government for delicate clauses affording unrestricted powers to the prime minister.

Prime Minister Najib has been previously criticized for his dictatorial policies. His new law goes a step further in restricting the nation’s freedom. The new law gives authorities the power to declare certain areas as zones of high security risks. Regions deemed as such shall have strict policing by security forces, which will also have the authority to search and seize without warrants. Human Rights Watch and opposition leaders have all been in a turmoil regarding the possibilities of blatant abuse of power using this law.

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