For those who value freedom and justice Prime Minister Dato Sri MohdNajib’s sweeping changes to laws that have fettered Malaysian democracy for decades is the greatest Malaysia Day gift that they could have wished for.
Civil society groups have for long asked that the Emergency Proclamations be rescinded; that the Internal Security Act (ISA) be abolished; that the law requiring a publisher to renew his licence on an annual basis be revoked; and that the freedom to assemble peacefully be concretised. These issues were discussed in depth last year in a series of dialogues initiated by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Through his courageous move, the Prime Minster has shown that he is responsive to the people’s aspirations. He realises that this is the sort of political transformation that will take Malaysia to greater heights.
There is no doubt at all that Dato Sri Najib is a transformational leader committed to values and principles that are pivotal for sustaining progress and success in the 21st century.
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar,
15 September 2011.