Prime Minister Datuk Najib Tun Razak addressed the nation at the occasion of installation of Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in Jalan Duta on Wednesday and said that the ‘Malaysians have reached a high level of maturity’ since the independence of the country.
He said, “And in view of this, we are now ready to enter a new era where the function of government is no longer seen as limiting freedom of the individual, but instead, ensures that basic rights protected by the Constitution for each individual is assured. Pursuant to this, after giving due consideration, a balance could be reached between freedom of the individual and national security.”
Speaking at the occasion he also said that through parliament, the government will officially nullify the three emergency amendments and the ordinances under these amendments, except for three of these which will then be put forward in the Rukun Tetangga as new bills. He also said that he will be proposing to the parliament to end the rule of Internal Security Act (ISA) as it is unnecessary in the new era. He said, “Although the ISA has served the nation well, it has outlived its purpose. We need a new framework of national security legislation in the increasingly complex contemporary era.”
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