Deputy minister says bill provides powers to deal with security problems such as cross-border crimes.
JOHOR BARU: The National Security Council Bill does not contradict the Federal Constitution but complements it, said deputy home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
He said the bill also did not reduce the powers of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to declare an emergency as feared by opposition politicians.
“The national security council has existed for 40 years ago under the constitution. It only has the power to declare emergency over a small area which experiences security related problems including cross border crimes and violence,” he said while on a visit here.
“It is not taking over the powers of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and only the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong can declare or retract a a state of emergency. This shows that the bill does not contravene the Federal Constitution,” he said.
Nur Jazlan, who is MP for Pulai, made his remarks in response to plans by the opposition to hand over a memorandum of protest on the NSC bill to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The NSC Bill has been passed by both houses of Parliament and is now awaiting royal assent. Under the constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may return the Bill to Parliament for further deliberation.
Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, at a rally in Parit Bakar, Muar, on Friday night, had claimed the bill was in conflict with the Federal Constitution and that the party planned to hold a tour to explain it to the people.
However Nur Jazlan said that in a situation where security problems took place in a small and limited area which required immediate action, the law could be used to declare the affected area as a security area.
“I reiterate that it is not contradictory because MKN (the Malay abbreviation for the security council) exists for 40 years under the constitution, so now we want to formalise the position of MKN because, in the past, it was enforced under the Emergency Act and is now institutionalised and is backed by an act of Parliament,” he said.