Malaysia: Anti-terrorism bill a blow to democracy, say critics
April 7 , 2015
Malaysia has passed an anti-terrorism bill that has been dubbed anti-democratic by critics and opposition leaders.
But the government says it is required to combat the threat from terrorism.
The controversial bill can effectively lead to indefinite detention minus a trial. A suspect can be detained without trial for two years, and further extensions are permitted after that. Crucially, a terrorism board instead of the judiciary will decide on the detentions, according to the legislation.
Human Rights Watch described the passing of the bill as a “giant step backwards”.