Rang undang-undang MKN buka jalan kepada rampasan kuasa terbalik, kata peguam

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Peguam Matthias Chang mendakwa, perdana menteri boleh mengisytiharkan darurat dan menggunakannya untuk tidak mengadakan pilihan raya umum. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 18 Disember, 2015.

Rang undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) yang menjadi kontroversi ketika ini membuka jalan kepada sebuah “reverse coup d’etat” (rampasan kuasa terbalik) di mana kerajaan boleh mengawal tentera supaya ia dapat terus berkuasa selama-lamanya, peguam Matthias Chang memberi amaran malam ini.

Beliau yang merupakan salah seorang pengkritik Datuk Seri Najib Razak mendakwa, perdana menteri boleh mengisytiharkan darurat dan menggunakannya untuk tidak mengadakan pilihan raya umum.

“Satu-satunya matlamat undang-undang ini ialah untuk membolehkan satu ‘reverse coup d’etat’ dilakukan. Hujah undang-undang dan bantahan kita terhadapnya tidak relevan,” kata Chang yang sebelum ini ditahan di bawah undang-undang anti keganasan.

“Ini modus operandi kerajaan dan mereka tidak kira sama ada ia menyalahi undang-undang atau bertentangan dengan perlembagaan.

“Di bawah rampasan kuasa biasa, tentera mengambil alih kerajaan. Tetapi dengan undang-undang ini, tentera diambil alih dan digunakan kerajaan,” kata Chang pada sebuah forum mengenai rang undang-undang MKN di Kuala Lumpur malam ini. 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

NSC Bill about power, not security, interfaith group says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The NSC Bill is currently awaiting approval by the Dewan Negara. — MMO file pic

The NSC Bill is currently awaiting approval by the Dewan Negara. — MMO file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 — The absence of a tangible security policy to accompany the National Security Council Bill 2015 belies the government’s insistence that the proposed law was meant to safeguard the country’s safety, said an interfaith group today.

The Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) pointed out that despite national security being the main thrust of the Bill, the proposed law does not attempt to communicate how the powers will be used to safeguard the country’s safety.

The umbrella body for the country’s non-Muslim religions also echoed concerns by other critics who said the Bill would usurp authority of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to declare a state of emergency and transfer this to the National Security Council headed by the prime minister.

“A further objection to the NSC Bill is that it has over-focussed on empowering the prime minister and the drafters of the Bill appear to have completely forgotten to require the NSC to produce a National Security Policy.

“It is understood that the Malaysian government has not produced any document on National Security Policy until today,” the group said in a statement. 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

Ambiga Sreenevasan: The NSC Bill is not about security Read more

Opposition senators want to meet Dewan Negara president over NSC Bill

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The National Security Council Bill will give the prime minister power to declare any area in Malaysia as a ‘security area’ if it was of the view that the security in that area was ‘seriously disturbed or threatened.’ – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 15, 2015.

Opposition senators are expected to meet Dewan Negara President Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang tomorrow to urge him to defer debates on the National Security Council Bill to the next sitting.

DAP Senator Chandra Mohan S.T. said all senators and former senators from the Opposition would meet Abu Zahar as the Dewan Negara president had the power to defer the debates.

“The decision to table the bill is determined by the speaker.

“He doesn’t have to table it at this sitting, he can table it at the next sitting, it is within his power,” Chandra said at a press conference after a briefing on the bill by #TakNakDiktator Campaign Coalition.

Coalition spokesperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said despite her disappointment over the attendance of senators at the briefing, the coalition was still willing to meet the other senators on the matter. Read more

Agong hilang kuasa terhadap tentera jika RUU MKN lulus, kata aktivis

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Peguam dan aktivis hak asasi manusia Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan menyerahkan memo kepada wakil Dewan Negara, Senator Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail (tudung biru) di Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur, hari ini. Beliau berkata, Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara tidak boleh dilaksanakan kerana banyak peruntukan bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Kamal Ariffin, 15 Disember, 2015.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong akan hilang kuasa terhadap angkatan tentera jika Rang Undang-undang (RUU) Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) diluluskan, kata peguam dan aktivis hak asasi manusia Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, menambah rang undang-undang itu melanggar 3 artikel dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Beliau berkata, rang undang-undang itu tidak boleh dilaksanakan kerana ada banyak peruntukan di dalamnya yang bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan.

“Kita temui isu baharu yang berkaitan ketenteraan – perundangan itu mengabaikan rantaian arahan secara keseluruhan berkaitan dengan tentera.

“Mengikut Artikel 41, anda akan lihat Yang di-Pertuan Agong memberi arahan kepada tentera.

“Kuasa itu kini diabaikan oleh RUU itu,” kata Ambiga yang juga jurucakap kempen #TakNakDiktator menentang RUU itu.

Beliau bercakap demikian pada sidang akhbar selepas taklimat kepada senator Dewan Negara di Parlimen, hari ini.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong ialah komander kehormat dalam Angkatan Tentera Malaysia.

Di bawah RUU MKN yang diluluskan di Dewan Rakyat, perdana menteri yang mengetuai majlis boleh mengisytiharkan sesuatu kawasan keselamatan dan membenarkan tangkapan, pencarian dan penggeledahan dibuat di kawasan berkenaan tanpa waran. – 15 Disember, 2015.

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Forum Awam: Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 – Kenapa Perlu Ditentang

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Semua dijemput hadir ke Forum Awam “Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 – Kenapa Perlu Ditentang”.

Barisan ahli panel:

  • YB Hanipa Maidin, Ahli Parlimen Sepang
  • Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Presiden, Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia – HAKAM
  • Dr Aziz Bari, Pensyarah, UNISEL, dan pakar Perlembagaan
  • Syahredzan Johan, peguam

Moderator: Umar Aminol Huda, Presiden AIKOL

Bila: 15 Disember 2015, 8:30pm
Di mana: Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

Why we should oppose the National Security Council Bill – Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

BY SYAHREDZAN JOHAN

Syahredzan Johan - file pic

Syahredzan Johan – file pic

UNLESS you have been living under a rock for the past week or so, you would probably know that the Dewan Rakyat has recently passed a controversial bill known as the National Security Council (NSC) Bill.

The Bill will be tabled in the Dewan Negara and if it is passed by the Upper House, it will be on its way to become law.

You probably would also know of the opposition towards the Bill by the Malaysian Bar, Suhakam, civil society and Opposition political parties.

In fact, civil society has launched a dedicated campaign to stop the Bill from becoming law, and rightly so.

The Bill is a piece of proposed legislation that goes against our constitutional framework. If it becomes law, it will give powers to the Government which will upset the balance between the various institutions of the state. Read more