Minister: Govt looking to make National Consultative Council permanent

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — Putrajaya is mulling introducing a new law that will make the updated form of the National Consultative Council (NCC2) permanent, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department expressed the government’s interest in the idea following calls by prominent leaders, including CIMB Group Chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, The Star daily reported today.

“Yes we intend to but we want it to be more permanent. We don’t want to simply establish a council and then maybe [it dissolves].

“We want it to be an Act of Parliament, which is now in the works…we are aggressively studying this in our discussions with stakeholders and NGOs,” Kurup was quoted as saying. Read more

A moderate M’sia: Gerakan invites all political parties to work together for a better future

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The concept of power sharing and inclusivity based on the principle of moderation is the best formula for Malaysia, says Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

He called on all political parties across the political divide to join Gerakan in the movement to build a moderate Malaysia.

Mah also reiterated the party’s stand against the implementation of PAS’ Private Members’ Bill aimed at empowering the Syariah Courts.

“We respect Islam but it is a matter of the Federal Constitution, while the Bill concerns the division of the civil and the syariah laws. Read more

NCC needs to be set up under the Council of Rulers, says Nazir Razak

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Nazir Razak — Reuters pic

Nazir Razak — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 ― CIMB Group Chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak today said that the second National Consultative Council (NCC) or NCC2, a national platform for reconciliation, needs to be set up under the auspices of the Council of Rulers.

“Set up with the support of the government, political parties, civil society, academics, religious leaders and businessmen,” he said when launching The Star’s book Moderation, a collection of 28 essays that presents diverse views on the concept of moderation in Malaysia at Menara Star here today.

The first NCC was set up in 1970 after the 1969 riots.

Nazir said there was a need “to discuss moderately, behind closed doors, the long list of sensitive issues that range from the state of our education system, affirmative action, the role of religion in national life, the integrity of the Federation, the issues of corruption and competitive politics, and of course, rebuilding trust in our institutions.”

He said it was time to ask if the system mostly designed in 1970 still works well enough. Read more

Bukan masa tepat untuk tubuh majlis perundingan, kata kumpulan sivil

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Penubuhan Jawatankuasa Perundingan ke-2 (NCC2) sekarang bukanlah masa yang terbaik, kata kumpulan sivil dan turut menyuarakan kebimbangan berkenaan pelaksananya dalam situasi terkini.

Pemimpin PKR, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah berkata walaupun beliau mengalu-alukan cadangan Datuk Seri Nazir Razak itu, tetapi sekarang bukan masanya dan majlis berkenaan hanya akan mengekalkan status quo dengan penambahbaikan yang sedikit.

Bekas ketua di Gerakan Kesederhanaan Global (GMM) itu berkata demikian susulan gesaan Nazir berhubung penubuhan NCC2 bagi memperbaiki masalah moral dan struktur negara.

Pengerusi kumpulan CIMB itu dalam posting di laman Instagram miliknya pada Sabtu menyuarakan rasa khuatir terhadap masa depan negara, dan mengaitkannya seperti drama popular Amerika Syarikat (AS) “Games of Throne”.

“Saya faham niat Nazir baik. Tapi Najib ialah perdana menteri yang mengalami defisit kepercayaan. Persoalannya siapa yang mahu menyertai jawatankuasa itu?

“Jadi, ia idea yang baik tetapi masanya silap kerana kedudukan Najib sekarang,” kata Saifuddin kepada The Malaysian Insider. Read more