BY WONG CHIN HUAT
ANALYSIS 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.
Cabinet’s power, not Agong’s, usurped?
Whose power does Najib intend to usurp with the NSC?
A popular view sees the NSC usurps the power of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to declare emergency under Article 150 of the federal constitution. Read more