Malaysia's new Prime Minister, Najib Razak, freed 13 people held under the country's strict Internal Security Act.

If we don't release them, they will say the government is repressive. If we release them, they will say we are populist. So which is which? he told reporters.

Najib Razak, who sworn in as the country's sixth premier on Friday, also removed the temporary ban on two news publications.

Denying that the move was to win popularity, he said the decision was good for the nation and the people.

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