SABAK BERNAM, June 10 — Opposition lawmaker Lim Kit Siang called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to reconsider the suggestions by the Conference of Rulers before implementing the controversial National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016.
He noted that the law was gazetted two days ago without the express assent of the Malay Rulers.
The monarchs were previously reported to have asked for the security law that empowers the federal government to declare localised emergencies to be refined.
“It is very clear it is [an act] of disrespect and contempt towards the Conference of Rulers for not listening to their suggestions.
“I therefore hope Najib will take this into account and make an announcement that he would make the necessary changes to the Bill,” the DAP parliamentary leader told reporters during a walkabout in Sekinchan.
The NSC Act 2016 was gazetted Tuesday under Article 66(4A) of the Federal Constitution which states that a Bill will automatically become law and will be considered to have received assent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, even if he does not expressly give his approval within 30 days after it has been presented to him. The law is not yet in force.
The NSC Act proposes to allow the National Security Council — 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.