Rule of law, no more draconian ways, Dr M assures

Dr Mahathir Mohamad answers questions at the Lawasia Constitutional & Rule of Law Conference Dialogue Session today. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today assured Malaysians that the government will run the country according to the rule of law and not what he described as the draconian ways of the previous administration.

The prime minister said the people will feel secure when the government rules the country according to the law.

“Draconian laws resulted in the people feeling very insecure because they could be arrested and detained without the need to be heard in a court of law.

“Although they (the previous administration) got rid of that law, they replaced it with another bad law.”

Mahathir said the government will repeal these “bad laws” and introduce new laws.

“Malaysia needs to have good laws and not the draconian laws,” he said in his keynote address at a conference on the theme of constitution and rule of law, organised by regional legal group Lawasia.

Also present were Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and Bar Council president Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor.