Putrajaya’s new security law now gazetted without royal assent

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 was gazetted as law Tuesday, but the controversial legislation which gives the government emergency powers did not receive royal assent. — MMO file pic

The National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 was gazetted as law Tuesday, but the controversial legislation which gives the government emergency powers did not receive royal assent. — MMO file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 ― The National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 was gazetted as law Tuesday, but the controversial legislation which gives the government emergency powers did not receive royal assent.

The Bill became law at the end of the 30-day period without the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s express assent, as permitted by Article 66(4A) of the Federal Constitution.

The article states that even if a Bill does not receive the King’s formal endorsement, it will automatically become law after 30 days as if the assent was given. As such, royal assent was considered to have been given for the NSC Act on February 18, 2016. Read more

Take NSC Bill back to Parliament for fine-tuning, Putrajaya urged after royal advice

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Putrajaya should seek the formation of a new parliamentary select committee (PSC) to look into yesterday’s call by the Conference of Rulers to refine certain provisions in the National Security Council Bill 2015, Bersih 2.0 said.

The polls watchdog’s chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said the call by the royal council mirrors concerns raised by many Malaysians over the vagueness of the law.

She added that a more thorough consultative process should be conducted in Parliament before more decisions are made regarding the law.

“I believe that what the rulers have said should be taken as advice and for the government to take heed and take action.

“They have given good advice. It’s not for the rulers to be directly involved in law-making but it’s now the role and responsibility of the government to do the right thing to correct a bad law that they have bulldozed in Parliament,” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted. Read more

Pandangan Majlis Raja-raja beri implikasi politik kepada Najib, kata pakar

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pakar Perlembagaan Dr Abdul Aziz Bari itu berkata, teguran Majlis Raja-raja agar beberapa peruntukan Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 diperhalusi bersesuaian dengan peranannya sebagai institusi yang berada di luar kawalan kuasa eksekutif. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 18 Februari, 2016.

Pakar Perlembagaan Dr Abdul Aziz Bari itu berkata, teguran Majlis Raja-raja agar beberapa peruntukan Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 diperhalusi bersesuaian dengan peranannya sebagai institusi yang berada di luar kawalan kuasa eksekutif. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 18 Februari, 2016.

Pandangan Majlis Raja-raja Melayu mengenai beberapa peruntukan dalam Rang Undang-undang (RUU) Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) 2015 perlu diperhalusi kerana ia memberi implikasi politik cukup besar yang boleh membawa padah kepada Datuk Seri Najib Razak, kata Dr Abdul Aziz Bari.

Pakar Perlembagaan itu membuat perbandingan terhadap RUU 1983 yang meminda Perlembagaan Persekutuan dengan melangkaui tugas Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan memberi kuasa kepada perdana menteri untuk mengisytiharkan darurat.

RUU itu diluluskan di Dewan Rakyat dan Dewan Negara.

Beliau berkata, Agong, atas arahan Majlis Raja-raja, menangguhkan persetujuan dan krisis Perlembagaan yang berlaku. Read more

Not a mere ceremonial body – Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

THE 239th meeting of the Conference of Rulers on Oct 2-3 issued a strongly worded statement about the need to bolster transparency, credibility and integrity in government.

It also expressed strong support for our tradition of inter-racial and inter-religious harmony, and expressed dismay that some political leaders and non-governmental organisations are sensationalising racial and religious issues to garner support for their party or themselves.

The Rulers’ intervention on issues of governance may raise some eyebrows about the proper relationship between constitutional rulers and the elected government of the day.

Previous precedents: It is humbly submitted that the Rulers were well within their constitutional role under Article 38 of the Federal Constitution to issue their call for good governance and racial and religious harmony. There are previous precedents for such royal statements, for example on Oct 14, 2010 when the Rulers expressed concern about political trends that undermine the supremacy of the Constitution. Read more

Raja-raja Melayu mahu siasatan 1MDB selesai secepat mungkin

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, Raja-raja Melayu menggesa kerajaan segera menyelesaikan siasatan 1MDB dan mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap mereka yang berkaitan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 6 Oktober, 2015.

Raja-raja Melayu mahu kerajaan menyelesaikan secepat mungkin siasatan berkaitan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) dan mengambil tindakan tegas sewajarnya terhadap pihak-pihak yang terlibat.

Dalam satu kenyataan, baginda sekalian menegaskan semua pihak bertanggungjawab untuk memberi kerjasama yang sebenar dan jujur agar usaha serta maksud siasatan tersebut berjaya.

“Penemuan siasatan ini hendaklah dilaporkan secara lengkap dan telus supaya rakyat dapat diyakinkan akan keikhlasan kerajaan yang sama sekali tidak akan melindungkan fakta dan kebenaran,” menurut kenyataan itu.

Kenyataan dikeluarkan Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad berikutan mesyuarat Pra-Majlis Raja-raja yang diadakan di Istana Negara hari ini.

Ia berkata: “Kegagalan memberikan penjelasan dan jawapan yang meyakinkan, dikhuatiri mengakibatkan berlakunya krisis keyakinan. Read more

Malay rulers want 1MDB issue settled soonest

Source: The Malaysian Insider

he Malay rulers have released a statement urging the government to complete the probe into 1MDB and take the appropriate stern action against those found implicated. – Reuters filepic, October 6, 2015.

The Malay rulers want the government to complete the investigation related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) as soon as possible and take “the appropriate stern action” against all found to be implicated.

In a statement, they said that all concerned should extend “real and sincere” cooperation for the investigation to achieve its objectives.

“The findings of the investigation must be reported comprehensively and in a transparent manner so that the people will be convinced of the sincerity of the government which shall not at all conceal facts and the truth.”

The statement was released by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, after the pre-council meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara today. Read more