The Malaysian Bar reiterates its call on the government to consider abolishing unjust and regressive laws during its current Dewan Rakyat sittings.
Even though the controversial Internal Security Act 1960 has been repealed, some unjust pieces of legislation such as Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) and the Sedition Act 1948 are still in place. These laws should be repealed as they do not reflect how our society has evolved. Drug abuse under section 15 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 should also be decriminalised. Despite whatever good intentions the government might have in hopes that these laws would safeguard peace and security, it does not augur well for the country that such regressive laws still exist.