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Rights activists, religious freedom ‘under Attack’ in Malaysia

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WITH elections due in August this year, a human rights group says the Malaysian government continued to shift toward a more conservative Islam while cracking down on critics in 2017, despite promoting itself as an administration that upholds moderation.

On Thursday, Human Rights Watch released its World Report 2018 where highlighted the government’s move to tighten repressive laws while lashing out against and criminally charging peaceful critics, amid corruption allegations still casting a long shadow over Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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“Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib has gone to great lengths over the past year to stifle critical commentary of his government,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director, said in a statement.

“The fear of further repression........

© Asian Correspondent