Malaysian govt submits controversial DNA bill

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s government on Tuesday submitted a controversial law that will require anyone charged with a crime to provide DNA samples, a measure some lawmakers fear will be used against opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim.

The bill started its second reading in parliament on Tuesday just as Anwar, who has been charged with sodomising a male aide, was standing in a by-election in which he hopes to return to parliament after a decade-long absence.

“Why are we being asked to debate this bill first. We have not had time to read and prepare for the debate. The time given is too short,” said Fong Po Kuan a legislator from the opposition Democratic Action Party. [more]

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