• Malaysia on Thursday moved to lift three 40-year-old emergency decrees that allowed detention without trial, with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak saying the situation that had threatened public order no longer exists.
  • Najib tabled a motion in the parliament seeking lifting of the three emergency proclamations that were enforced in the 1960s and 70s after the country witnessed widespread race riots.
  • The motion seeks to lift the emergency proclamations that were issued by the King in 1969 following the May 13, 1969 racial riots in this multi-ethnic country.
  • It is also to lift the emergency proclamations of 1966 and 1977 aimed at resolving political disputes in Sarawak and Kelantan.