At launch of human rights plan, Najib pledges no repeat of Ops Lalang

Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks at the launch of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) at his office in Kuala Lumpur March 1 2018. ― Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali
Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks at the launch of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) at his office in Kuala Lumpur March 1 2018. ― Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

PUTRAJAYA, March 1 ― Legislative transformation over the past few years will ensure there is no repeat of the notorious Ops Lalang security crackdown of 1987 under his administration, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak assured the public today.

Najib pointed out the fact that he had abolished the Internal Security Act which was used during Ops Lalang, and also introduced laws such as the Peaceful Assembly Act instead.

“All these changes ensures that there will not be another Ops Lalang,” Najib said while launching the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) at his office.

In 1987, the administration of then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had arrested many politicians, activists and journalists.

Najib today launched the NHRAP, which was called a “living document” to map Malaysia’s human rights commitment.

He said under the plan, Putrajaya will develop a mobile application for public feedback and also appoint independent civil society members to gather and evaluate public feedback on the implementation of the plan.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman meanwhile praised Najib as a “centrist” leader with his commitment to human rights.

“This is a leader from a Malay party that puts Malaysians first. We as Malaysians are lucky to have him as our leader,” she said.