The Prime Minister of Malaysia made some very surprising announcements during his speech on the eve of Malaysia Day.

He announced the repeal of the dreaded Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA) and the three Emergency Declarations when both the Dewan Negara and Dewan Rakyat have their next sitting. He also noted that new laws will be enacted to protect the peace, harmony and security of the country.

He also announced that the government will do away with annual printing and publishing permits. This will be replaced with one-off permits which can be canceled if regulations are flouted.

Surely welcomed announcements, Mr. Prime Minister.