Government critics continue to disappear in Malaysia

A new climate of fear is developing in Malaysia with a spate of recent abductions and disappearances of social activists, like Raymond Koh and Peter Chong. While in the past, government critics had to face repressive laws like the Internal Security Act and the Sedition Act, political abductions are a new feature of Malaysian politics. While the perpetrators are still unknown, it is most likely that these disappearances are linked to the increasing desperation of the government to hang on to power amid unprecedented popular opposition. A public meeting in Melbourne, Australia will discuss the ramifications of these abductions.