Don’t review, just abolish NSC Act, says Ramkarpal

Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh says the National Security Council Act 2016 is cruel and draconian.

KUALA LUMPUR: A Pakatan Harapan MP today disagreed with Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong who said that the National Security Council Act 2016 would be reviewed.

Ramkarpal Singh (PH-Bukit Gelugor) said the act should not be reviewed but should be repealed as promised by Pakatan Harapan in its election campaign.

“We must abolish the act. We have decided to do away with this cruel and draconian act. There is no need to review it,” he said.

Liew, the de facto law minister, had earlier said there would be a review of the act that was passed in 2016 by the BN administration.

During the wrap-up by his ministry at the Dewan Rakyat, Liew explained that the act had not been implemented and the prime minister did not hold the sole power to make decisions under the act.

“If the PM wants to declare emergency for an area, he needs to get (the) agreement from the deputy prime minister, defence minister, home affairs minister, communications and multimedia minister, inspector-general of police, chief secretary to the government and defence forces chief.

“It is not only for one man to decide. There is a second layer before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong can declare (an) emergency. It is not (for) nationwide, it is a specific area. And it is under review,” said Liew.

The NSC has three core functions: defending national sovereignty and strategic importance, crisis and disaster management and border management of land, maritime and air.

On Oct 26, 2016, a special operations counter-terrorism task force was added under the NSC as a response to global terrorism activity.

The world’s first one-of-a-kind unit is a combination of the Special Operations Forces involving the Malaysian Armed Forces, police and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.