IDEAS labels new Emergency Ordinance a 'step backwards'

IDEAS labels new Emergency Ordinance a 'step backwards'

New Straits Times·2021-03-12 18:00

KUALA LUMPUR: The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) has labeled the newly-gazetted Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021 as a serious step backwards in Malaysia's already worrying decline in democratic status.

Commenting on the Ordinance, which came into effect today, IDEAS said it viewed with serious concern the latest ordinance issued to combat "fake news" and the Emergency proclamation.

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