PM yet to fix date to implement NSC Act

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak has yet to fix a date to implement the National Security Council Act 2016 said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.

Nancy said the National Security Council Act 2016 was gazetted on June 7.

She said the Bill had become law as it had passed the 30 days period during which it should be assented to by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after it was passed by both Dewan Rakyat and the Senate.

“This is in accordance with Clause (4A) of Article 66 of the Federal Constitution,” she said in a statement tonight.

On Feb 17 this year, the Conference of Rulers, after being briefed by Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali at their 240th meeting at Istana Negara, felt that several provisions in the NSC Bill had to be refined.

The NSC Bill, which provides for the establishment of the NSC, the declaration of security areas, the special powers of the Security Forces in the security areas and other related matters, was passed by the Dewan Rakyat on Dec 3, 2015, and by Dewan Negara on Dec 22, 2015.

Nancy said by virtue of subsection 1(2) of the National Security Council Act 2016, the Act would come into operation on a date decided by the prime minister and the date of the Act would be published in the Gazette.

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