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

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

Pesara tentera dihalang bercakap mengenai rang undang-undang MKN

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pengerusi bersama hak asasi manusia Majlis Peguam, Andrew Khoo, memberitahu hadirin, Leftenan Kolonel (B) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman diarahkan TUDM supaya tidak menjadi ahli panel dalam forum bertajuk ‘Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara – rantaian arahan dikompromi?’. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 18 Disember, 2015.

Pengerusi bersama hak asasi manusia Majlis Peguam, Andrew Khoo, memberitahu hadirin, Leftenan Kolonel (B) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman diarahkan TUDM supaya tidak menjadi ahli panel dalam forum bertajuk ‘Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara – rantaian arahan dikompromi?’. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 18 Disember, 2015.

Angkatan Tentera Malaysia bertindak menghalang seorang pegawai bersara daripada bercakap pada sebuah forum mengenai Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN), undang-undang kontroversi yang menurut kumpulan masyarakat sivil akan meletakkan pasukan tentera di bawah kawalan perdana menteri.

Penganjur forum itu berkata, Leftenan Kolonel (B) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman menerima arahan pada saat akhir untuk tidak berucap pada program anjuran Majlis Peguam itu di Kuala Lumpur malam ini.

Daud, bekas penasihat undang-undang dan dasar Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM), dijadualkan menjadi ahli panel pada forum bertajuk “Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara – rantaian arahan dikompromi?”.

Rang undang-undang itu diluluskan Dewan Rakyat dan akan dibahaskan di Dewan Negara pada sesi kali ini.

Pengerusi bersama hak asasi manusia Majlis Peguam, Andrew Khoo, memberitahu hadirin, Daud diarahkan TUDM supaya tidak menjadi ahli panel untuk program itu malam ini. Read more

Military bars retired officer from speaking at security bill forum

Source: The Malaysian Insider

(From left) President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru, Lam Choong Wah, Andrew Khoo and Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan seen during a forum on the National Security Council in Kuala Lumpur today. Lt-Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman of the Royal Malaysian Air Force was supposed to be part of the panel today but was ordered at the last minute not to speak at the forum. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, December 18, 2015.

(From left) President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru, Lam Choong Wah, Andrew Khoo and Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan seen during a forum on the National Security Council in Kuala Lumpur today. Lt-Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman of the Royal Malaysian Air Force was supposed to be part of the panel today but was ordered at the last minute not to speak at the forum. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, December 18, 2015.

The Malaysian military has barred a retired officer from speaking at a forum on the National Security Council (NSC) Bill, a controversial law which civil groups claim would give control of the armed forces to the prime minister.

Lt-Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman of the Royal Malaysian Air Force received last minute orders not to speak at the forum organised by the Bar Council in Kuala Lumpur tonight, the organisers said.

Daud, who is a former legal and policy adviser to the air force, was scheduled to be a panellist at the forum titled “National Security Council Bill – chain of command compromised?”.

The bill has passed through Dewan Rakyat and will be debated at the current session of the upper house Dewan Negara.

Bar Council human rights committee co-chairperson Andrew Khoo told the audience that Daud was commanded by the service to not attend as a panellist.

“There was an order by his superiors not to be part of the panel, so unfortunately he cannot speak to us,” Khoo said as the forum began. Read more

Excerpts from the “National Security Council Act: To Protect or To Oppress?” public forum

Source: Media Rakyat

Recorded at the Public Forum – National Security Council Act: To Protect or To Oppress? held on 10 December 2015 featuring 6 speakers:

  • YB Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader, and Member of Parliament (Gelang Patah)
  • Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, HAKAM President
  • YB Hanipa Maidin, Member of Parliament (Sepang)
  • Assoc Prof Azmi Sharom, University Malaya Law Professor
  • Andrew Khoo, Co-Chair, Bar Council Human Rights Committee
  • Dr Aziz Bari, University Selangor Law Professor

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