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Malaysia proposes anti-terror laws allowing detention without trial to curb Islamic militants

Malaysia's government has proposed two new anti-terror laws that reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting terror acts to curb militant activities in the country.

The government has detained scores of Malaysians suspected of supporting the Islamic State militant group. Critics however, slammed the laws as a revival of a controversial security law that was repealed in 2012 and warned it could severely curtail civil liberties.

The Prevention of Anti-Terror bill introduced Monday needs to be approved by Parliament for it to become law. It would allow authorities to detain suspects indefinitely without trial.

Another new law gives power to authorities to seize the travel documents of any citizen or foreigners suspected to be engaged in or support of terrorist acts.