Minister: Govt looking to make National Consultative Council permanent

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — Putrajaya is mulling introducing a new law that will make the updated form of the National Consultative Council (NCC2) permanent, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department expressed the government’s interest in the idea following calls by prominent leaders, including CIMB Group Chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, The Star daily reported today.

“Yes we intend to but we want it to be more permanent. We don’t want to simply establish a council and then maybe [it dissolves].

“We want it to be an Act of Parliament, which is now in the works…we are aggressively studying this in our discussions with stakeholders and NGOs,” Kurup was quoted as saying. Read more

Council behind National Harmony Bills clueless about planned new law

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 — The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) that was commissioned by Putrajaya to draw up legislation on national harmony is unaware of plans to introduce such laws in October.

Despite sharing the same name as the National Harmony Bills that the council drafted last year, members of the NUCC said it was unclear whether the proposed law is based on its work in part, in whole or even at all.

“The NUCC proposed a National Harmony Bill, but I am not sure if the one proposed by the minister is a different one.

“We have no knowledge of it,” NUCC deputy chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye told Malay Mail Online via text message.

Separately, NUCC chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said he was informed that the law Putrajaya is planning to introduce will be “completely different” from what his council proposed, although other members of the organisation have not been similarly told.

On Saturday, national news agency Bernama reported Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup’s announcement that a law aimed at fostering national unity among the people is expected to be tabled in Parliament in the coming session. Read more

National Harmony Bill likely to be tabled at next Parliament session

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 — The National Harmony Bill, aimed at fostering national unity among the people is expected to be tabled in Parliament in the coming session.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said the bill would focus on preventive measures which would steer the people away from activities detrimental to national unity and solidarity.

“It is aimed at educating and creating awareness among the people so that they will not do something that touches on sensitive issues and lead to misunderstanding,” he told reporters after launching the state-level Unity Week and Waving the Jalur Gemilang 2015 programme here today.

Elaborating, he said the department was still gathering inputs and views from various parties related to the proposed National Harmony Bill.

“We hope there will be (parties) such as non-governmental organisations and people involved in politics who will come forward and give their views.”

In July 2012, the government had proposed to abolish the Sedition Act 1948 and replace it with a new law called the National Harmony Act.

However, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his winding-up speech at the 2014 Umno General Assembly announced the decision to retain the Sedition Act 1948 to maintain national peace and harmony. — Bernama

PM: Putrajaya still studying need for National Harmony Act

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Putrajaya is still mulling the possibility of enacting the National Harmony Act and should it decide to draft the law, it will serve to compliment the existing Sedition Act, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

In a parliamentary reply to Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him, Najib explained that the government is “studying the need” for the Act.

“If the government decides to draft the National Harmony Act, the Act will serve as preventive measures before the Sedition Act 1948 is enforced,” said the reply. Read more