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Malaysia to Repeal Sedition Law ahead of Polls

13 July 2012

Malaysia’s leader has announced plans to repeal a colonial-era law curbing free speech in the latest political reform ahead of general elections, but critics warned that his reform efforts so far have not improved the country’s human rights record. Prime Minister Najib Razak said that the Sedition Act represented a “bygone era” and will be replaced with a new law to prevent incitement of religious or racial hatred. Opposition leaders claim the reforms are a ploy to gain public support ahead of polls that must be called next year at the latest.—AP