NSC Act contravenes powers of the King: Ex-RMAF man

Source: The SunDaily

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 August 2016: The provisions in the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 contravenes the powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as it would allow the council to take command of the military.

Former Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officer Lt Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman said the Federal Constitution clearly states that the Agong and the royal institution are in command of the military forces.

“If we look at the provisions (in the NSC), it uses a lot of military terms and this is very dangerous.

“One of the explanations given about the NSC by the government is that the Agong does not have operational command of the military,” Mohamad Daud said during a Civil Society Conference on National Security held at the Renaissance Hotel here.

He was referring to the official Putrajaya Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) explanation on the law posted on the NSC’s official website.

Mohamad Daud said Malaysians must be aware of the dangers of allowing the military to enforce legislation passed in Parliament.

“When you ask the military to enforce the law, you ask for trouble. The military is not trained for that. They do not know the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC),” he said. Read more

Suhakam wants mechanism to review NSC Act

Source: FMT News

There’s no mechanism to review any direction or order under the National Security Council Act (NSC Act). Pic taken from FMT News.

There’s no mechanism to review any direction or order under the National Security Council Act (NSC Act). Pic taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: It was Benjamin Franklin who said in 1755 that “those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”, recalled Suhakam Chairman Razali Ismail in the keynote speech at the “Civil Society Conference on National Security” in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Franklin’s simple phrase reminds everyone that the philosophy espoused by both rights and security advocates has been played throughout the centuries countless times, added Razali.

“Actors, be it from the Executive or Legislative, and certainly the participants of this Conference must play their part to ensure the balance does not tilt heavily towards the other end.”

The relationship between national security and human rights should always be in balance, he urged. “This is an important part of the Malaysian ethos.”

Suhakam, he said, advocates a mechanism of review as advocated by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the “Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism”. Read more

NSC Act in contempt of King’s powers, says ex-RMAF man

Source: FMT News

Former Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officer Lt Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman says it is not right to empower the council to command the military. Pic taken from FMT News.

Former Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officer Lt Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman says it is not right to empower the council to command the military. Pic taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Some parts of the National Security Council (NSC) Act are in contempt of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s powers, a former air force officer said today.

Former Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officer Lt Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman said: “That is contempt of the institution, an insult.

He was speaking at the Civil Society Conference on National Security here on Wednesday.

Commenting on the impact of the NSC on the military forces, he said it was clearly stated in the Federal Constitution that the King and the Conference of Rulers were in charge of the military.

“If we look at the provisions (in the NSC), it uses a lot of military terms and this is very dangerous,” Daud said.

He said part four of the NSC says the King does not have operational command of the military.

He said this was posted on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the NSC’s official website. Read more

1MDB: Malaysia will take action if embezzlement is proven – Paul Low

Source: Astro Awani

The civil lawsuits present a potentially thorny issue for the two countries that have grown closer during the administration of President Barack Obama.

Pic taken from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will take legal action against individuals named in civil lawsuits filed by United States government last month if there is evidence that they defrauded 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said.

According to Reuters, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Governance, Integrity and Human Rights said, criminal prosecution “must be instituted” against all involved if funds were “stolen from us”.

“Our enforcement agencies and the attorney-general must cooperate fully with all international agencies to deal with the matter in an appropriate manner in order to allay negative perception and restore the trust and confidence of the people for the government,” the report quoted him as saying. Read more

Suhakam willing to advise NSC Council on human rights

Source: Malaysiakini

Razali: 'The unclear definition of security in the Act may also be interpreted to suppress expression of thoughts, opinions or beliefs on public matters, including government policies.' Pic by The Star Online.

Razali: ‘The unclear definition of security in the Act may also be interpreted to suppress expression of thoughts, opinions or beliefs on public matters, including government policies.’ Pic by The Star Online.

Assalamualaikum and good morning to all. It gives me great pleasure to be invited on behalf of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) to this Conference on the National Security Council Act 2016 and its Implications on National Security and Human Rights.

The threat and reality of terrorism has grown exponentially and countries throughout the world have been struggling to develop effective responses to ensure their national security is protected. Such violent lethal activities have propelled nations to beef up their security and anti-terror laws. Malaysia too has followed suit, recognising that the rampant terrorism threatens the peace and harmony of the nation encapsulated in our constitution.

However in the process of effecting the nation’s response, the question that must be posed, whether those sweeping actions are in proportional response to the threat posed, or more would think in the process undermine underlying harmony and ethos as encapsulated in our constitution, affecting our individual and social liberties and freedom.

A significant proportion of Malaysians while accepting the need to be vigilant and defend our national security are questioning the enactment in recent years of various security laws such as The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota), and the National Security Council Act 2016 (NSC), amongst others. These security laws are among the critical issues of concern for Suhakam in light of its implications on human rights. Read more

World Humanitarian Day message — Ban Ki-moon

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY BAN KI-MOON

AUGUST 18 — A record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive. Grouped together, these people in need would comprise the tenth most populous nation on Earth.

These figures are truly staggering, yet they tell only a fraction of the story. Hidden behind the statistics are individuals, families and communities whose lives have been devastated. People no different to you and me: Children, women and men who face impossible choices every day.

They are parents who must choose between buying food or medicine for their children; children who must choose between school or working to support their families; families who must risk bombing at home or a perilous escape by sea.

The solutions to the crises that have plunged these people into such desperate hardship are neither simple nor quick. But there are things we can all do — today, and every day. We can show compassion, we can raise our voices against injustice, and we can work for change.

World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk. Read more

Suhakam also to examine Juru torture claim

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) — NST FIle pic

Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) — NST FIle pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 ― Reports of alleged torture and killings at the Immigration detention centre in Juru, Penang will be investigated by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said today.

However, he stressed that he was “not pointing fingers” at any parties over the claims of abuse against female detainees at the centre, which allegedly caused the deaths of some inmates.

“We will investigate because that is under our mandate,” he told reporters at the sidelines of the Civil Society Conference and National Security here today.

The Cambodia Daily Monday quoted a Cambodian woman recently detained at the centre as alleging abuse and claiming that at least  seven other detainees from Cambodia and Vietnam were beaten to death there.

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