NSC Act in contempt of King’s powers, says ex-RMAF man

National Security

KUALA LUMPUR: Some parts of the National Security Council (NSC) Act are in contempt of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s powers, a former air force officer said today.

Former Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officer Lt Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman said: “That is contempt of the institution, an insult.

He was speaking at the Civil Society Conference on National Security here on Wednesday.

Commenting on the impact of the NSC on the military forces, he said it was clearly stated in the Federal Constitution that the King and the Conference of Rulers were in charge of the military.

“If we look at the provisions (in the NSC), it uses a lot of military terms and this is very dangerous,” Daud said.

He said part four of the NSC says the King does not have operational command of the military.

He said this was posted on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the NSC’s official website.

Mohamad Daud said the country followed the Federal Constitution and that the King was the symbol of the Constitution.

He said it was not wise for the military to enforce laws passed by Parliament.

“When you ask the military to enforce the law, you ask for trouble. The military is not trained for that. They do not know the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

“We follow commands. We are trained to follow the King,” he said.

The NSC Act was enforced on Aug 1 despite not receiving royal assent from the Conference of Rulers and the King.

The council is headed by the prime minister and has powers to declare an area as a security area for six months at any one time.