KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — A PKR federal lawmaker today sounded alarm bells over the far-reaching powers of the new Bill to fight terrorism, calling it unprecedented and “unnecessary” as it allows the prime minister and the National Security Council to make arbitrary arrests, take temporary possession of land and buildings and seize belongings, among others.
The lawmaker, Padang Serai MP N. Surendran, urged the government to withdraw the National Security Council Bill 2015 that was tabled yesterday for the first reading, saying it would be in the interest of the public and the nation.
“This new Bill is entirely unnecessary and excessive. There are stringent laws already available dealing with serious threats to the nation, including POTA and SOSMA,” he said, referring to two other preventive laws currently in force — the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act.
“There are no existing threats to our nation, whether internal or external, that even remotely justify these drastic new powers,” he added. Read more
Putrajaya hari ini membentangkan Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) 2015 di Parlimen, yang dilihat tujuannya hampir sama untuk mengembalikan kuasa di bawah Ordinan Darurat yang dimansuhkan pada 2012.
Majlis itu akan diketuai Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak selaku pengerusi dan turut dianggotai Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Menteri Pertahanan Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Ketua Setiausaha Negara Tan Sri Ali Hamsa serta Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Majlis itu juga diberikan kuasa mengisytiharkan mana-mana kawasan sebagai “kawasan keselamatan” jika dilihat ia menerima ancaman.
Di dalam kawasan keselamatan itu, pasukan keselamatan termasuk tentera dan polis dibenarkan menahan tanpa sebarang waran mana-mana individu yang dilihat mendatangkan ancaman.
Rang undang-undang itu dibacakan kali pertama hari ini di Dewan Rakyat. – 1 Disember, 2015.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — The federal government today tabled a new bill in Parliament seeking to revamp the National Security Council (NSC), granting it far-reaching enforcement powers in dealing with any and all threats to national security.
The Bill, which was tabled for its first reading by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim this morning, proposes to allow the NSC to take command of the country’s security forces and impose strict policing of areas deemed to face security risks.
According to the Bill, the NSC’s jurisdiction takes effect once the prime minister declares in writing that an area is a “security area” — a status that is valid for six months at a time, subject to renewal by the prime minister.
Once the NSC takes over control of a security area, security forces will have the right to search or arrest without warrant any individual “found committing, alleged to have committed, or reasonably suspected of having committed any offence under written laws in the security area”. Read more