NSC could undermine Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s command of the military

Source: The Rakyat Post

Prominent lawyer and electoral reforms activist Datuk Ambiga Srenevasan say the bill empowers the NSC to command the army, and that violates the Federal Constitution. — TRP pic Fernando Fong

Prominent lawyer and electoral reforms activist Datuk Ambiga Srenevasan say the bill empowers the NSC to command the army, and that violates the Federal Constitution. — TRP pic Fernando Fong

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18, 2015: 

Prominent lawyer and electoral reforms activist Datuk Ambiga Srenevasan says the recently-passed National Security Council (NSC) Bill 2015 is illegal and not workable.

She said the bill did not provide for the issue of chain of command, except in contravention with the Federal Constitution.

Ambiga pointed out that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, but under Clause 21 of the new bill, the Prime Minister had command of the armed forces.

“Someone who shouldn’t be issuing command to the armed forces would be doing so.

“Command is a very sensitive thing for the army, key to the way in which the army functions,” she said during a forum on NSC Bill and security reform agenda. Read more