Malaysia to amend, repeal laws that restrict people's freedom: PM Mahathir Mohamad

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also said The National Security Council Act 2016 was actually beneficial, especially for government officers to serve the government.
Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also said The National Security Council Act 2016 was actually beneficial, especially for government officers to serve the government. PHOTO: AFP

LANGKAWI (BERNAMA) - The National Security Council Act (NSC) 2016 is among the laws currently being reviewed for possible amendment or repeal, says Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

He said the review was being carried out as some of the laws were used by the previous government to restrict the people's freedom.

"We are in the midst of reviewing the effects of the laws for possible repeal as most of the laws were restricting the people s freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of action," Tun Dr Mahathir told reporters after taking first-hand look at work to set up Langkawi Parliamentary Constituency Service Centre on Sunday (July 1).

Dr Mahathir, who is the Member of Parliament for Langkawi, said this in response to Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu's recent statement saying that the NSC Act 2016 might be retained even though the new Pakatan Harapan government had promised to abolish the law if the coalition won the 14th General Election.

Mr Mohamad was also quoted as saying that the act, which gave absolute power to the prime minister such as in declaring a state of emergency, was actually beneficial, especially for government officers to serve the government.