Online petition launched to reject NSC Bill

Link to online petition

Online petition launched urging Senate to reject NSC Bill

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 — An online petition urging the Senate to reject the National Security Council Bill 2015 has been launched, days after it was passed in the Dewan Rakyat.

The petition, which was submitted on change.org by an anonymous user called “Rakyat Malaysia” is calling for the Dewan Negara senators to reject the controversial bill and listed four problematic clauses.

“Clause 34 particularly will put the lives of every citizen at risk — we will be at the mercy of the Council and the Security Forces they choose, without any hope of legal protection or representation in a court of law,” the petition read.

It also described the legal immunity given to the members of the security forces under Clause 38 without any “check and balance” as “frightening”.

“As registered Malaysian voters, we urge the Senate to exercise their wise judgement and summarily reject this bill.”

The online petition currently has 3,848 signatories — less than a day since it was launched.

On Thursday, Dewan Rakyat passed the Bill on a voice vote at the third and final reading at 10.55pm, after the opposition failed to stop the Bill at the policy stage debate in a bloc vote with 107 voting for and 74 against the Bill.

The National Security Council Bill 2015, which was tabled by Shahidan on Tuesday, proposes to allow the National Security Council (NSC) — which would be chaired by the prime minister — to take command of the country’s security forces and impose strict policing of areas deemed to face security risks.

According to the Bill, the NSC’s jurisdiction takes effect once the prime minister designates a location as a “security area” — a status that is valid for six months at a time, subject to renewal by the prime minister.

Once the NSC takes control of a security area, security forces will have the right to search or arrest without warrant any individual “found committing, alleged to have committed, or reasonably suspected of having committed any offence under written laws in the security area”.

The Bill also seeks to empower security forces to arrest without warrant and take action against those who do not abide by an evacuation order from a security area, and also carry out searches of any vehicle or premise within the security area without a warrant.

Online petition launched urging Senate to reject NSC Bill
December 5, 2015 – MMO


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