Malaysia may use detention-without-trial law to curb street rallies

Malaysia's leader warned Tuesday he may invoke a security law allowing indefinite detention without trial to curb street demonstrations. "When it is appropriate to use it, it will be used," Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was quoted as saying by national Bernama news agency. On Sunday, some 10,000 ethnic Indians clashed with police at a rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur to demand economic equality, two weeks after thousands of people marched in Kuala Lumpur to seek electoral reforms.