‘Ominous,’ Bar says of Putrajaya’s aloofness over NSC Act

Source: The Malay Mail Online

NSC_Act_2016KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — Putrajaya’s decision to gazette the National Security Council Act without royal assent and despite the Conference of Rulers’ concern sends a sinister signal about its intentions for the law, said the Malaysian Bar today.

Pointing out that the NSC Act may possibly be the first time that the government has chosen to enact a piece of legislation without seeking royal approval since the requirement was removed in 1994, Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru expressed shock that Putrajaya had needed to exercise the constitutional amendment to pass the law.

“It is an extreme constitutional provision that bypasses the procedure for express assent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and consequently diminishes the inherent system of checks and balances provided by our constitutional monarchy,” Steven said in a statement today.

“The government’s actions are particularly glaring, given the widespread public outcry over the NSC Act.”

Steven pointed out that the decision to gazette the law without royal assent was taken despite unresolved public concern and the government’s undertaking to address issues raised by the Conference of Rulers. Read more