Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 – A Further Blow to Democracy


In his Malaysia Day message delivered on the eve of September 16, 2011, Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak announced what many initially thought was good news; that the obnoxious Internal Security Act (ISA) and the equally abhorrent Emergency Ordinance (EO) would be abolished. Section 27 of the Police Act would also be reviewed. To all these was added his rather ambitious, if unrealistic, plan to transform Malaysia into the most democratic nation in the world.

If there were Malaysians who had doubts about his sincerity in broadening and deepening the democratic space through these pronouncements (and there were many) they did not have to wait long for their doubts to be confirmed.

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