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New Malaysia security law debuts as PM fights critics

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has faced calls to resign for more than a year over an huge alleged corruption scandalTough new security legislation came into force in Malaysia Monday, with critics saying the “draconian” law threatens democracy and could be used against opponents of the scandal-tainted premier. The National Security Council Act was pushed through parliament in December by the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who for more than a year has faced calls to resign over a huge alleged corruption scandal. The legislation gives the government power to declare virtual martial law in areas deemed to be under “security threat”.

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