Lawyer: Trump could be M'sia's role model to justify human rights abuse

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Bar Council's Human Rights Committee co-chairperson Andrew Khoo fears that Malaysia will use US President Donald Trump's anti-human right policies in justifying similar approaches taken by Putrajaya.

Malaysians who speak about the importance of human rights and uphold fundamental rights would be disregarded, he said.

"This is the worrying part, (they would say,) 'If the US can do it, why can't we continue to do it?'," he said.

"When Trump said US first, he basically said everybody else is not a priority, that has a trickle-down effect on the rest of the world, too," he said.

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