NSC Bill approved like a “thief in the night”

Explain the secrecy behind the NSC Bill, Putrajaya urged

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 — Lim Kit Siang said today Putrajaya must explain to Malaysians the National Security Bill 2015 from conception to birth, and how it ended up getting approved by the Dewan Rakyat like a “thief in the night”.

The senior DAP lawmaker urged the administration to state if the Bill was conceived under Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s watch or during the time of his predecessor Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail; whether it was ever presented to the federal Cabinet for discussion and approval, or to the Conference of Rulers for the same purpose.

“Why was the NSC Bill incubated and born in such deep secrecy that there was no clue beforehand among MPs and the major stakeholders in the country that it was in the works and would be presented for enactment by Parliament in the budget session?” Lim asked in a statement.

“When was the NSC Bill presented to the Cabinet and when did the ministers give their approval for the presentation of the Bill to Parliament?

“Was there a detailed discussion by the Cabinet Ministers into the far-reaching implications of the Bill and its threat to a democratic and constitutional government?” the Gelang Patah MP added.

Lim also demanded that the 107 MPs who voted for the Bill in the Dewan Rakyat last week explain their reasons for supporting the law, which gives expansive powers to the prime minister and the National Security Council.

He claimed the Bill, which was passed within a day after a marathon seven-hour debate, had been kept completely under wraps before it was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat and rushed through for approval.

The apparent secrecy is a “mystery”, Lim added, claiming that provisions in the law will effectively usurp the powers of the Cabinet, and even that of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“Why was the monstrous and pernicious National Security Council Bill passed like ‘a thief in the night’ in a late-night session on the last sitting of the 25-day Parliamentary meeting without any prior notice to the major stakeholders in the land?” he asked.

Explain the secrecy behind the NSC Bill, Putrajaya urged
December 7, 2015 – MMO


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