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New bill gives Najib extensive powers

Malaysia heading towards an authoritarian regime, warn lawyers and NGOs

In this file photograph taken on Nov 21, 2015, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the opening ceremony of the 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak is set to extend his considerable grip on power after the National Security Council (NSC) Bill, which gives vast executive powers to a newly created statutory body that he will head as chairman, was rushed through the House of