Saturday, December 5, 2015

The National Security Council Bill 2015

How oppressive or stringent is the recently-passed National Security Council Act? Is it enacted strictly to combat terrorists who pose a national security threat to the country? Unfortunately, Najib and his administration have certain ulterior motives. This draconian act will give him broader power to deal with any threats even against dissidents, whistle-blowers, critics and also arrest and imprison those patriotic Sabahans and Sarawakians who demand for secession from Malaysia!!!!All these boil down to one thing-Najib is turning into a dictator and he has every intention to rule the country with an iron fist-like it or not!!!!!


National Security Council Bill 2015
The Bill was passed in Parliament on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Primarily intended to combat
terrorism, a National Security Council (NSC) will be established and headed by the Prime Minister under the law. It encompasses broad powers to declare ‘security areas’ and arrest, detain and seize property without warrant.

Why are we concerned?
1. Wide powers under clauses — lack transparency, accountability and respect for individual rights Clause 6: NSC consists of PM, DPM, Minister of Defence, Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Communication and Multimedia, Chief Secretary to the Government, Chief of Defence Forces, and the Inspector General of Police. All are appointed by PM and report directly to the PM.
Clause 18 (1): PM has full discretion to decide where is “security area”
Clause 18 (3) and (4): Initial declaration of “security area” lasts for six months but may be renewed by PM indefinitely
Clause 22-30: Security forces can arrest without warrant; stop and search; enter and search premise; take possession of any land, building or movable property.
Clause 37: All NSC’s affairs are done is absolute secrecy
Clause 38: No action or lawsuit can be brought against NSC
The term “national security” was not clearly defined. It can be “economic stability,” “national unity,” or “political stability.”

2. Hasty passage of the Bill
The Bill was presented to Parliament and passed within two days. Member of Parliaments, lawyers and human rights activists have raised concerns over the lack of consultation. Alor Star MP called it the “death to democracy in Malaysia.”

3. Constitutional validity — overstepping Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA)’s powers?
The Bill effectively provides the PM emergency powers without the need to declare a state of emergency under Article 150 of the Federal Constitution, which was a power previously exclusive to the YDPA. The extensive powers also mimic those under the Emergency Ordinances, a law that was repealed by the parliament in 2011.

The potential abuse of the law is unsettling. Never had we a law that provides wider and unfettered powers in the hands of a few executive elites. Since there are already enough laws to combat terrorism in Malaysia, a new law that further encroaches on individual liberty is grossly alarming.
The rash manner in which it was passed only fuels speculation on the real basis behind it. We strongly urge the government to withdraw the National Security Bill 2015.

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