NSC Bill unnecessary, Umno’s Shafie Apdal says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Source: Mkini

Source: Mkini

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — Malaysia does not need a new law like the National Security Council (NSC) Bill 2015 because the Police Act 1967 already allows areas to be designated as emergency zones, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said today.

The Semporna MP also pointed out that in Semporna and Sandakan, both areas in Sabah’s east coast that have seen several kidnappings by militants from neighbouring southern Philippines, certain areas could be declared as prohibited areas and a curfew could be imposed.

“If you want to protect national security, there are many ways of doing it,” Shafie told Malay Mail Online in a joint interview with other news organisations.

“In the [Police] Act, it’s already there,” he added.

The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), a government security agency based in the Sabah east coast, was set up in 2013 after the Lahad Datu intrusion by Sulu gunmen.

Shafie said today that the NSC Bill could spark perception that the government was trying to revive the now-defunct Internal Security Act (ISA) that allowed for detention without trial, even if Putrajaya insisted that the proposed law would only be used against terrorists. Read more

KENYATAAN MEDIA: Malaysia Perlu Bersatu Hentikan Rang Undang-Undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015

 

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8 Disember 2015

Rang Undang-Undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) 2015 yang diluluskan secara tergesa-gesa melalui Dewan Rakyat pada 3 Disember merupakan satu ancaman yang belum pernah berlaku sebelum ini terhadap demokrasi berparlimen di Malaysia.

Undang-undang ini bertujuan untuk memusatkan kuasa tentera, polis dan darurat di bawah Perdana Menteri. Bukan sahaja ia mengambil alih kuasa yang sebelum ini dipegang oleh Menteri Pertahanan dan Menteri Dalam Negeri, ia juga secara efektif memberikan Perdana Menteri kuasa yang sama seperti yang termaktub dalam Perkara 150 Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang dimiliki oleh D.Y.M.M. Yang Di-Pertuan Agong dan secara efektif membolehkan beliau mengisytiharkan darurat walaupun istilah “darurat” tidak digunakan dalam Rang Undang-undang tersebut.

Pembentangan undang-undang ini merupakan suatu langkah yang amat berbahaya bagi Malaysia kerana ia menumpukan kuasa luarbiasa hanya ke tangan seorang ahli cabang Eksekutif Kerajaan. Mekanisme semak dan imbang yang biasanya didapati dalam mana-mana demokrasi berparlimen adalah sama ada tidak wujud ataupun terjejas teruk di Malaysia.

Tidak ada mana-mana kerajaan yang harus memegang kuasa secara mutlak dan tanpa batasan. Penumpuan kuasa membawa kepada kecenderungan salah guna kuasa, terutamanya ketika negara sedang dilanda krisis politik. Kita telah melihat Malaysia merosot dari demokrasi berparlimen ke arah autoritarianisme berasaskan pilihanraya setelah para Perdana Menteri yang sebelum ini mula kehilangan cengkaman ke atas kuasa dan merebut lebih kuasa untuk diri mereka sendiri. Rang Undang-Undang MKN merupakan lonjakan besar ke arah pemerintahan diktator dan negara tentera-polis.

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STATEMENT: Malaysia Must Unite to Stop the National Security Council Bill 2015

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8 December 2015

The National Security Council (NSC) Bill 2015 that was rushed through Dewan Rakyat on 3 December represents an unprecedented threat to what remains of parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.

The law aims to centralise military, policing and emergency powers under the Prime Minister. Not only does it appropriate powers held by the Defence and Home Ministers, it also effectively grants the Prime Minister similar powers under Article 150 of the Federal Constitution of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to effectively declare an emergency even though the word “emergency” is not used in the NSC Bill.

The tabling of this law represents an extremely dangerous step for Malaysia as it concentrates extraordinary powers within the hands of a single member of the Executive arm of Government. Mechanisms of check and balance normally found within parliamentary democracies are either absent or severely compromised in Malaysia.

No government should have absolute and unfettered powers. Concentration of power leads to the temptation for abuse, particularly in times of political crisis. We have seen Malaysia slide from parliamentary democracy towards an uneasy electoral authoritarianism after past Prime Ministers began to lose their grip on power and seized more powers for themselves. The NSC Bill represents a quantum leap towards a dictatorship and a military-police state.

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Gabungan Dewan Negara Dewan Rakyat YDPA Majlis Raja Raja dan Mahkamah penting hadapi RUU MKN 2015 – Dr Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al Mahdzar

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Source: Mkini

Source: Mkini

Pakar Perlembagaan negara, Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Shad Salem Faruqi UITM Shah Alam pada 5 hb Disember 2015 mencadangkan pindaan dilakukan Jawatan Kuasa Dewan Rakyat dan Dewan Negara ke atas Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 (RUU MKN 2015). Peranan Dewan Negara dan Dewan Rakyat sebenarnya masih ada sepertimana yang termaktub di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

“Dewan Negara tidak perlu menolak rang undang-undang itu, sebaliknya boleh cadangkan sedikit pindaan dan perubahan dalam mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Dewan Rakyat dan Dewan Negara. Lagi pun ia belum menjadi undang-undang, sebaliknya hanya cadangan,”

Harus juga diingat di sini yang sesuatu RUU tidak akan menjadi akta selagi ianya tidak diperkenan dan selagi ianya belum diwartakan, justeru untuk merujuknya sebagai akta amatlah, “misleading” bila proses menjadikan akta masih lagi agak jauh. Read more