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