National security policy first before NSC Bill, says academic

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In his criticism of the Bill, REFSA senior fellow Lam Choong Wah (right) said that the NSC Bill weighed heavily on empowering the executive head while reform in securities agencies was completely absent. — Picture by Choo Choy May

In his criticism of the Bill, REFSA senior fellow Lam Choong Wah (right) said that the NSC Bill weighed heavily on empowering the executive head while reform in securities agencies was completely absent. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 — Research for Social Advancement (REFSA) senior fellow Lam Choong Wah today called for the halt to the National Security Council (NSC) Bill as Malaysia had no policy on national security matters in the first place.

He said that while he agreed on the need for the institutionalisation of a national security body, there was a lack of a security reform agenda to guide its formation.

“There must be a national security policy in the first place, otherwise we are just setting it up blindly,” he said while speaking at a public forum entitled “National Security Council Bill — Chain of Command Compromised?” organised by the Bar Council.

“There is a need to replace the NSC Bill with something that concentrates on security regime, and maintain our NSC as an advisory body only,” he added.

In his criticism of the Bill, he said that the NSC Bill weighed heavily on empowering the executive head while reform in securities agencies was completely absent.  Read more