Govt to Amend, Repeal Laws That Restrict People’s Freedom

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The National Security Council Act (NSC) 2016 is among the laws currently being reviewed for possible amendment or repeal.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad 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,” he told reporters at the Langkawi Parliamentary Constituency Service Centre today.

Dr Mahathir, who is the MP 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 (PH) government had promised to abolish the law if the coalition won GE14.

Dr Mahathir said in its considerations to the possible amendment or repeal of the laws, the PH government did not wish to restrict the movement and action of any opposition party.

“We will not block the opposition parties, such as Barisan Nasional. They can do what they want. We just have to amend a lot of laws in accordance with the (current) requirements,” he said.

Meanwhile, the prime minister also congratulated Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who won the election of Umno president’s post yesterday.