I was born on the prairies, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures. [GERONIMO]
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Like it or not, the National Security Council Act 2016 will come into force on August 1 2016
the lack of royal assent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and calls from
the Conference of Rulers for the law to be referred back to the
legislature for amendments, the BN-led government has decided to go
ahead with gazetting the National Security Council Act 2016 into law,
which will come into force on Aug 1.
"In exercise of the powers conferred by subsection 1(2) of the
National Security Council Act 2016 (Act 776), the prime minister
appoints Aug 1, 2016 as the date on which the Act comes into operation,"
read the notice on the Federal Gazette displayed on the Attorney-General's Chambers' website.
The notice was signed by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is credited with being the architect of the act.
From Aug 1, Najib as prime minister can declare any area he so
chooses as a security area which will suspend civil liberties and allow
for special police powers to be administered by the NSC that he
The administrator and security forces in charge of a security area
will also be given wide powers which cannot be legally challenged or
questioned, a move that critics say belie Malaysia's status as a
All these powers can be exercised without having to consult the
Agong, who previously held the sole authority to declare national or
Critics worry that the wide powers granted to Najib may be abused for purposes other than security matters.
Besides, the prime minister may now bypass the Agong on this very grave matter.
Historically, the BN has been accused of abusing even emergency
declarations with the Agong's assent, like in Kelantan, Sarawak and
Sabah, all of which have been accused of having links to political
Critics are concerned that if abuses occurred even with royal
safeguards in place, worse things could happen if the BN and Najib have
However, Najib and his government have maintained that the act is
only to be used in actual security situations like the Lahad Datu
incursion or in the event of terror incidents, denying accusations that it is to beef up federal powers.