Malaysia anti-terror law revives detention without trial

Parliament has passed a new law in Malaysia which allows terrorism suspects to be held without trial or charges. Critics have argued it’s merely a renewal of an old law used to silence opposition to the government.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning Malaysia’s parliament passed a tough new anti-terrorism law that critics argue revives detention without trial.

The Prevention of Terrorism Act was passed after twelve hours of intense debate with a final vote of 79 legislators for and 60 against the bill. Opposition lawmakers expressed fears that the new law would be used against critics and opponents of the current administration, but the government argued that the law was necessary to protect the country from extremists.
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