Malaysia PM defends tough measures
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's prime minister has defended a proposal to bring back detention without trials.
Speaking during an overseas trip, Prime Minister Najib Razak said the amendment was aimed at fighting organised crime and would not be abused to squelch political challenges.
"We will make sure that no one will be victimised," the national news agency Bernama quoted Mr Najib saying.
Activists and the opposition, however, accuse Najib of reneging on an earlier promise to move away from decades of authoritarian rule.