Analysts: Najib too smart to use NSC Act

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PETALING JAYA: Political analysts have cast scorn on an Opposition doomsayer’s assertion that the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, would use his powers under the National Security Council Act to avoid a general election.

They said he would be wise enough not to do so, besides the fact that the Act provided only for small areas to be declared security areas.

Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak said that people were more politically aware and educated than they were in the past.

“The rakyat will definitely protest not to mention civil groups and NGOs, if Najib were to do such a thing as it is a clear abuse of power, and I am sure Najib won’t want that,” he told FMT.

On Friday, Syerleena Abdul Rashid of DAP Wanita said Najib may use the extensive powers under the National Security Council Act to declare that the whole country faced a security threat, so that there will not even be any election.

Associate Prof Awang Azman Awang Pawi of the University of Malaya held that the NSC Act does not provide for the whole country to be declared a security area.

“I think that the NSC only allows for small areas to be declared as being under threat and not the whole nation,” he told FMT.

He also pointed out that a state of emergency could only be declared by the Yang di-pertuan Agong on the advice of the prime minister.

“In a globalised world of democracy, all eyes are on Malaysia and if the Prime Minister were to declare a state of emergency just to avoid the next general election, the whole world will view him negatively,” he said.

Awang Azman also said that Najib need not fear the next election as the Election Commission’s recent redelineation proposal would greatly benefit Barisan Nasional.

“Because of the redelineation, the Prime Minister will be confident that Barisan Nasional will be able to fare much better than in the previous general election so there’s no need for him to avoid the coming election.