Malaysia recently passed new amendments to its Prevention of Crime Act that represent blatant human rights violations. Most disturbing is the contention that one of these amendments would allow prisoners to be detained indefinitely without trial.
This is happening in spite of the fact that Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged to uphold human rights, having recently abolished the Internal Security Act. Historically, the ISA had been used to hold political dissidents without charges. Critics speculate that this latest development is politically motivated, coinciding with a crackdown on opposition figures.
Najib cites recent robberies and high-profile public shootings as grounds for the legislative crackdown. "If the government doesn't act, more people will become victims," he said, claiming that the law would only apply to serious criminals. However, these amendments have been condemned by human-rights activists and criticized as a strengthening of his increasingly authoritarian regime.