RR orders to be lifted for 125 as first security law is repealed

By Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that 125 restricted residence orders will be lifted once the first of the security laws is repealed under his latest reforms.

Calling it “obsolete and irrelevant,” the prime minister said that 200 warrants due to be served under the Restricted Residence Act will also be cancelled by the Home Ministry.

“Virtual communication has become an alternative to individuals who are limited in physical contact,” he told Parliament.

The prime minister said, “The home minister will free all 125 individuals under Restricted Residence orders immediately. Simultaneously, the Home Ministry will also cancel more than 200 warrants that have not been served.”

Najib is also due to table the repeal of the Banishment Act later today.

The repeal of the two laws kicks off Najib’s reform package as announced in his Malaysia Day address.