Is the NSC Najib’s ‘silent’ self-coup? – Wong Chin Huat

Source: Malaysiakini

BY WONG CHIN HUAT

NSC-mkiniANALYSIS The National Security Council (NSC) that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak seeks to establish perhaps should be understood as a tool of ‘self-coup’, not just another piece of draconian law like the Internal Security Act (ISA) or the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

A coup is a seizure of power by elites employing unconstitutional or illegitimate means. While most coups are staged by those seeking power, those in power may also stage a ‘self-coup’ against the existing rules of the game to expand or extend their power.

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