Civil Society Conference on National Security




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Keynote Speaker, Civil Society Conference on National Security

Speakers, Civil Society Conference on National Security

Speakers, Civil Society Conference on National Security

Speakers, Civil Society Conference on National Security

Speakers, Civil Society Conference on National Security


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Rulers want NSC bill refined, #TakNakDiktator reminds gov’t

Source: Taknakdiktator / Malaysiakini


Pic — Malaysiakini

The #TakNakDiktator campaign coalition today reminded the government to honour the Conference of Rulers’ call for the National Security Council (NSC) bill to be refined.

Their statement comes ahead of the next Parliament session which begins on Monday.

Speaking on behalf of the group, former Bar president Ambiga Sreenevasan also thanked the Malay rulers for not signing off on the bill as yet.

“We note that according to the federal gazette, the Yang Di Pertuan Agong has not yet given his royal assent to the NSC Bill even though it has been over two months since the bill was passed by the Dewan Negara.

“We welcome the prudence of the Conference of Rulers to uphold the separation of powers that is essential to preserving democracy in Malaysia,” she said in a statement today. Read more

NSC Bill will not make for safer Malaysia, Ambiga tells Najib

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has accused the prime minister of power grabbing via the National Security Council Bill. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 20, 2016.

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak took an “opportunistic view” to claim that the National Security Council (NSC) law would help Putrajaya deal with terror threats following the Jakarta bomb attacks.

Speaking on behalf of the #TakNakDiktator coalition, she said the movement was shocked and appalled by Najib’s remark as Indonesian authorities did not fall back on special laws like NSC Bill to curb the security threat.

“The Indonesian authorities treated the terror attack as a law-and-order issue and it was dealt with swiftly and professionally.

“The Indonesian authorities did not use powers akin to an emergency or any powers remotely similar to the NSC Bill to declare a ‘security area’ for six months in order to take control of the situation.” Read more

National Security Council Bill 2015: Undermining Parliamentary Democracy – Ambiga Sreenevasan


TakNakDiktatorThe Senate (unsurprisingly) passed the National Security Council Bill 2015. This, despite Senators from both sides of the political divide voicing a range of concerns about it. That did not stop the government from pushing the Bill through without compromise.

Lawyers and activists across the nation have been warning for weeks of the dangers of the Bill and how it violated the Federal Constitution and the sanctity of the rule of law. It would have been in the interests of the nation to have had further discussion on it. Yet the government remained stubborn and did not even show a willingness to listen to reason. What we had was a government acting in haste, willing to overlook clear constitutional and legal impediments to the Bill, and taking the attitude that they know best. This should have triggered alarm bells. It was therefore irresponsible to say the least, to deliver them this Bill, unaltered.

Make no mistake. This Bill gives absolute power to the Prime Minister to declare an area a “security area”. Once an area has been declared a “security area” it becomes a legal black hole. Anything can be done there by the security forces including arrest, seizure of property and even killing, without any of the usual legal safeguards.

“It is absolutely untrue that the Prime Minister has absolute power” thundered the Bill’s proponents. But the clear wording of the Bill contradicts them. They are set out below for the readers to judge for themselves. Read more

Excerpts from the “National Security Council Act: To Protect or To Oppress?” public forum

Source: Media Rakyat

Recorded at the Public Forum – National Security Council Act: To Protect or To Oppress? held on 10 December 2015 featuring 6 speakers:

  • YB Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader, and Member of Parliament (Gelang Patah)
  • Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, HAKAM President
  • YB Hanipa Maidin, Member of Parliament (Sepang)
  • Assoc Prof Azmi Sharom, University Malaya Law Professor
  • Andrew Khoo, Co-Chair, Bar Council Human Rights Committee
  • Dr Aziz Bari, University Selangor Law Professor

Ambiga Sreenevasan: The NSC Bill is not about security Read more

Dewan Negara president rejects request to postpone NSC Bill debate, says senator

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali says Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang has denied a request to postpone the debate on the National Security Council (NSC) Bill. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, December 16, 2015.

An opposition representative today expressed disappointment with Senate president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang for rejecting their request to postpone the debate on the National Security Council (NSC) Bill.

Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali said in the meeting that lasted 20 minutes, Abu Zahar also refused to meet with the coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in the #TakNakDiktator campaign.

“There was no discussion in the meeting. We only had time to convey our wish that the debate be postponed to the next Parliament session.

“But, it seems clear to us that this may not happen, although he did say that he will give a long and ample time for the debate in the Dewan Negara,” he told reporters after the meeting at the Parliament today. Read more

Opposition senators want to meet Dewan Negara president over NSC Bill

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The National Security Council Bill will give the prime minister power to declare any area in Malaysia as a ‘security area’ if it was of the view that the security in that area was ‘seriously disturbed or threatened.’ – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 15, 2015.

Opposition senators are expected to meet Dewan Negara President Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang tomorrow to urge him to defer debates on the National Security Council Bill to the next sitting.

DAP Senator Chandra Mohan S.T. said all senators and former senators from the Opposition would meet Abu Zahar as the Dewan Negara president had the power to defer the debates.

“The decision to table the bill is determined by the speaker.

“He doesn’t have to table it at this sitting, he can table it at the next sitting, it is within his power,” Chandra said at a press conference after a briefing on the bill by #TakNakDiktator Campaign Coalition.

Coalition spokesperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said despite her disappointment over the attendance of senators at the briefing, the coalition was still willing to meet the other senators on the matter. Read more

Agong hilang kuasa terhadap tentera jika RUU MKN lulus, kata aktivis

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Peguam dan aktivis hak asasi manusia Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan menyerahkan memo kepada wakil Dewan Negara, Senator Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail (tudung biru) di Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur, hari ini. Beliau berkata, Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara tidak boleh dilaksanakan kerana banyak peruntukan bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Kamal Ariffin, 15 Disember, 2015.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong akan hilang kuasa terhadap angkatan tentera jika Rang Undang-undang (RUU) Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) diluluskan, kata peguam dan aktivis hak asasi manusia Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, menambah rang undang-undang itu melanggar 3 artikel dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Beliau berkata, rang undang-undang itu tidak boleh dilaksanakan kerana ada banyak peruntukan di dalamnya yang bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan.

“Kita temui isu baharu yang berkaitan ketenteraan – perundangan itu mengabaikan rantaian arahan secara keseluruhan berkaitan dengan tentera.

“Mengikut Artikel 41, anda akan lihat Yang di-Pertuan Agong memberi arahan kepada tentera.

“Kuasa itu kini diabaikan oleh RUU itu,” kata Ambiga yang juga jurucakap kempen #TakNakDiktator menentang RUU itu.

Beliau bercakap demikian pada sidang akhbar selepas taklimat kepada senator Dewan Negara di Parlimen, hari ini.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong ialah komander kehormat dalam Angkatan Tentera Malaysia.

Di bawah RUU MKN yang diluluskan di Dewan Rakyat, perdana menteri yang mengetuai majlis boleh mengisytiharkan sesuatu kawasan keselamatan dan membenarkan tangkapan, pencarian dan penggeledahan dibuat di kawasan berkenaan tanpa waran. – 15 Disember, 2015.



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BN senators snub NGO’s briefing on NSC Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Ambiga slammed BN senators for their failure to attend a briefing aiming to persuade them to block the National Security Bill 2015. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Ambiga slammed BN senators for their failure to attend a briefing aiming to persuade them to block the National Security Bill 2015. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — Barisan Nasional (BN) senators today failed to attend a briefing by a coalition of NGOs aiming to persuade them to block the National Security Bill 2015 that was passed earlier by the  Lower House.

The #TakNakDiktator coalition was forced to carry on with six senators from the federal opposition parties, and later criticised the BN members for their absence.

“When you really want to do your job as a senator and when you really believe in your oath and want to do what is right, then you have to listen to all points of view whether you like it or not, especially pertaining to a bill as huge as this,” campaign spokesman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said in a press conference in the Parliament here.

“To date, there are 25,000 signatures on an online petition that was launched against the NSC Bill… if 25,000 people can see the dangers of this Bill, why can’t the (BN) senators see the same dangers that we see?”

An online petition urging the Senate to reject the NSC Bill was launched days after it was passed in the Dewan Rakyat.

DAP Senator Chandra Mohan ST today said the opposition senators will meet Dewan Negara President Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang to seek approval to defer the debate on the NSC Bill until all issues and questions surrounding the Bill are answered.

The NSC Bill was passed on December 3 amid protests by the opposition and civil society groups against what they claim is a law that would confer wide-ranging powers to the prime minister and set Malaysia on a path towards dictatorial rule.

Putrajaya insists that the law will not be used against political dissent and was aimed at countering threats against “national security” that was loosely defined as including socio-political harmony.


MEMORANDUM kepada Ahli-ahli Dewan Negara Berkenaan Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015


15 Disember 2015

Masyarakat sivil memandang berat Rang Undang-Undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 (Rang Undang-Undang MKN) yang diluluskan secara tergesa-gesa di Dewan Rakyat pada 3 Disember 2015.

Rang Undang-Undang ini memberi kesan yang buruk kepada rakyat Malaysia dan merupakan ancaman yang belum pernah berlaku sebelum ini terhadap demokrasi berparlimen di Malaysia.

Mengapa perlu ada undang-undang yang seluas ini, terutamanya apabila ianya dilakukan secara tergesa-gesa, tanpa sebarang justifikasi, hebahan mahupun perundingan?

Pembentangan Rang Undang-Undang ini merupakan suatu langkah yang amat berbahaya bagi Malaysia kerana ia menumpukan kuasa luar biasa ke tangan hanya seorang ahli cabang Eksekutif Kerajaan. Mekanisme semak dan imbang yang biasanya didapati dalam mana-mana demokrasi berparlimen adalah sama ada tidak wujud ataupun terjejas teruk di Malaysia.

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