1984 To Be Repealed - Big Brother Eases Up On Malays

Kuala Lumpur

1984 - Movie Poster Shop
It was an extra happy Malaysia Day today because on Malaysia Day Eve Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made good on campaign promises and announced that strict laws limiting freedom of speech and assembly will be eliminated.

Among the laws to go away is the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 which requires all news presses to be annually licensed by the government. The new law will still require presses to be licensed but the licensing will be a one time event.

Also on the skids is the hated ISI’s – the Internal Security and Banishment Acts.

Malays’ freedoms will still be limited. Mass protests will not be tolerated.

Najib announces major changes in controversial laws as Malaysia Day gifts - The Star

Repeal and review of unpopular laws is widely welcomed - The Star

No more ISA - New Straits Times

Suhakam welcomes abolishment of ISA - New Straits Times