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    Politics: National Security Council Bill - a very dangerous piece of legislation

    'New security council bill will only empower PM'





    Published Today 9:54 am Updated Today 11:54 am 40
    A PKR parliamentarian has panned the National Security Council Bill that has just been tabled in Parliament, which he believes will only give excessive powers to the prime minister and endanger civil liberties.


    Padang Serai MP N Surendran said the Bill, due to be debated in Parliament, “is definitely a matter of grave concern” to all Malaysians.


    “It gives arbitrary, extensive and dangerous new powers to the prime minister personally, and to the new eight-person National Security Council proposed under this Bill,” Surendran said in a statement today.


    Citing clause 18(1) of the Bill, he said it would allow the prime minister to declare any area in the country as a “security area”.


    Security forces, which include the armed forces, will be given wide powers within the security area.


    Further highlighting the seriousness of the matter, Surendran (photo) said there will be no limit placed on the size of the area that can be declared a security area.


    “A large part or even the whole of Malaysia can be declared a security area,” he pointed out.


    “Further, the prime minister on his own can indefinitely extend the initial six-month duration of the declaration of a security area.”


    What is more unusual, he said, is how the prime minister is given the enormous power to declare security areas when public order comes under the home minister.


    “There appears no precedent for this in our legislative history.


    “The Bill thus leads to an excessive concentration of powers in the hands of the prime minister. It is unacceptable under our democratic system that the prime minister is given such powers.”


    The government tabled the Bill yesterday, to give the National Security Council (NSC) extensive powers to deal with national security issues.


    This includes declaring any area as a security area if the authorities are convinced that there is the likelihood of harm to people, territories, key infrastructure and the economy.


    It will also make NSC the government's central authority for considering matters concerning national security.


    Meanwhile, describing the role of the director of operations appointed by the NSC, Surendran said he or she would be given powers that include evacuating people from their homes and resettling them; imposing curfews; and wide powers of arrest, search and seizure, including entering and searching homes.


    Under Clause 30, the operations director or anyone authorised by the director would have the power to take temporary possession of land and buildings, which includes homes, if necessary by force, said Surendran.


    Why stop inquests in security areas?


    “This infringes upon the sacrosanct right to property, and may be in breach of Article 13 of the Federal Constitution as well.”


    Clause 35, on the other hand, provides that magistrates may dispense with inquests where persons have been killed as a result of operations by security forces.


    However, the PKR lawmaker for Padang Seri argued that an inquest was essential in any case of suspicious death.


    “What reason can there be to stop inquests in security areas? Not holding inquests may encourage abuse of power by the security forces, including custodial abuse,” he said.


    Citizens would also have no legal recourse to courts against wrongful acts committed by the NSC, director of operations or security forces, he said, citing Clause 38.


    “This new Bill is entirely unnecessary and excessive. There are stringent laws already available dealing with serious threats to the nation, including Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) and Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).


    “There are no existing threats to our nation, whether internal or external, that even remotely justify these drastic new powers.


    “We call upon the government, in the interests of the people and the nation, to withdraw this Bill in its entirety,” Surendran said.





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    Essentially, the Executive has declared war on the Rakyat and usurped the powers of the Agong.

    Najib is preparing to declare Martial Law in the event he loses GE14.


    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/cat...ng-to-tyranny/

    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/cat...over-nsc-bill/

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/m...-in-parliament

    https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/322015

    http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/press...overnment.html
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    Malaysia’s PM About to Join a New Club – Despots

    Posted on December 3, 2015By John BerthelsenHeadline, Malaysia, Politics
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    Najib uses threat of Islamic terrorism the same way Marcos and Suharto used the Communist bugaboo







    With the introduction in parliament of a powerful national security bill that potentially could guarantee him dictatorial powers, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak may have set out to lift himself from his status as medium-grade satrap into a cozy club of now-departed kleptocrats and dictators like Suharto in Indonesia and Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines.


    The government is protesting that the measure is only modeled on the UK’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, passed earlier this year to protect against terrorism from Islamic fanatics. But Malaysia’s version has set off a firestorm of criticism that it goes far beyond the English version and basically gives the prime minister, who faces growing opposition over two huge scandals, the power to declare martial law.


    The measure and continuing arrests and repression under other legislation apparently have put Malaysia under threat of a bipartisan resolution in the US congress to condemn what is going on, according to John Malott, who served as US ambassador to Malaysia from 1996 to 1998. In late November, when President Barack Obama visited the country, he asked Najib to free opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim from prison, where critics say he had been sentenced in a blatantly unfair trial. Somewhat amazingly, given the widespread corruption and misuse of laws, Najib told the president the courts must follow the laws. A United Nations committee earlier called for Anwar’s release, naming him a Prisoner of Conscience.


    Both Marcos and Suharto used the specter of a threat to national security in the 1960s from Communist aggression to declare martial law and to rule without opposition, Marcos from 1972 to 1981 while serving as president from 1965 to 1986. Suharto ruled Indonesia with an iron hand from 1967 to 1998. Both of their reigns ended in massive corruption that enriched their families beyond imagining and beggared their countries. Decades later, neither of them has recovered completely from the endemic corruption.



    Bogus ISIS threat?


    Top government leaders including Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein apparently began preparing the public with statements over the past weeks that Najib and others had been named targets by the Islamic State in the Middle East, statements that were met with disbelief and outright scorn. Najib, in the middle of a party conclave last year, cheered the ISIS militants and recommended that UMNO members learn from their fervor, which earned him considerable criticism.


    The bill has been met with widespread demands that it be withdrawn from consideration. It was introduced in the Dewan Rakyat, or parliament, on Dec. 1 and would give sweeping powers to a council headed by the prime minister to declare a security area to protect “any interest of Malaysia.” Once such a declaration is made, the security forces are permitted, among other things, to limit freedom of movement, conduct searches without warrant for evidence of violation of “any written law,” and arrest individuals without a warrant on suspicion of committing “any offence under any written law.”


    N. Surendran, an opposition member of parliament from Anwar’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat, issued an analysis of the measure in which he pointed out that among other things, the Director of Operations appointed by the Council has extensive powers that include evacuating the public from their homes and resettling them; imposing curfews; wide powers of arrest, search and seizure, including entering and searching homes. Such powers raise serious and very real concerns for civil liberties. Citizens would have no legal recourse to courts against wrongful acts committed by the Council, Director of Operations or Security Forces, where these acts are done in ‘good faith.’ However, the opposition, weakened by infighting and factionalism, is nowhere powerful enough to block it.


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    Sarawak Report[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.439216)]2 days ago6 min read[/COLOR]


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    Malaysian Democracy Goes Up In Flames


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    Scorched earth — how Malaysia’s democracy is going up in flames like the Borneo JungleNajib Razak claims that the draconian ‘security’ bill, which he is rushing through Parliament over the next three days, is based on provisions brought in by the UK to counter bombing attacks against civilians.

    This is untrue.

    Liberal forces may be up in arms in the Britain about what they describe as the dangerously wide powers granted by the UK anti-terror acts, but these are nothing compared to the sweeping provisions being currently rushed through in Malaysia.

    In particular, the UK terror laws are directed specifically against mainly foreign nationals suspected of planning random and murderous attacks against innocent civilians — attacks of a kind that are yet to take place in Malaysia.


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    From reformer to dictator via the bankBy contrast, the main provisions of Najib’s act are clearly directed against internal critics.
    Indeed, whilst the British law allows for indefinite detention of foreign nationals believed to be fomenting acts of terror, the Malaysian law allows similar sweeping powers against anyone the Prime Minister regards as threatening his own political position in any way. He is allowed to imprison under this act someone he regards as threatening the economy for example…. this includes criticising his own management of it in any way.
    The licence for dictatorship that Najib is currently rushing through Malaysia’s pretend Parliament in just three days goes much much further even than all this however. It is a sign of just how little regard the elected representatives have for their responsibilities they are allowing this final public removal of their authority in such a way.


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    Najib’s council of war — the so-called National Security Council [from Malaysiakini]Far in excess of anything that has been brought through in the UK, Najib is effectively allowing himself a War Cabinet, his so-called National Security Council, to run the country as a straight dictatorship, by-passing all the previous checks and balances that define a democratic system.

    And his Parliamentary bosses (which is what the MPs elected by the people are supposed to be) are letting him do it overnight and without the slightest justification whatsoever.

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    Power behind the throne — wife Rosmah is given to ring up officials on her all-powerful husband’s behalfOf course, he is pretending that all these powers are just ‘provisional’ to counter a ‘possible emergency’ — but there is nothing to stop him assuming them when he likes for whatever reason he chooses in this legislation and given how desperately he is currently hanging on to power there is little doubt he will do so sooner rather than later.

    The Prime Minister is grabbing all these powers on the pretext of an emergency that simply does not exist in Malaysia. There have been zero terror attacks and there is no war — and yet he has taken on more powers and authority through this bill than Winston Churchill adopted when the Nazis were heading for Britain’s beaches.

    When Churchill launched his own War Cabinet against the Nazi invaders, for example, he specifically included opposition politicians in key positions in order to preserve the democratic principle and bring the people with him.

    Yet, Najib’s War Cabinet, consists of a handful of his closest political cronies, along with an un-elected police officer, that very IGP who has been running amok in recent weeks attacking anyone who raises concern about corruption in high places.

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    Running the country as they like from now on new DPM, PM and Police ChiefHe is moreover granting this crony cabal arbitrary powers to run the country as they like and to arrest and detain who they like, without reference to any existing laws all in the name of fighting terror. Most significantly, Najib is also granting his boys and himself total immunity from prosecution over any of their actions in advance, in case any ‘mistakes’ they might make in the heat of their battle against the “terror threat” facing Malaysia.

    These ‘mistakes’ could under this definition most certainly include plundering the public purse further into their own bank accounts, perhaps under the ‘mistaken belief’ that this would increase their personal protection agains these bombers, criticisers, law enforcers and other such threatening figures allegedly ‘seeking to topple the Prime Minister’ of Malaysia.

    This is Najib Razak’s bid for supreme and untrammelled powers of dictatorship over his country, all under the guise of protecting it from a terror threat that has so far not manifested itself within its borders. And he is doing it because he can no longer rule by consent, because he has lost the confidence of his people and he is in trouble with the law.


    This thinly disguised bid for dictatorship has nothing to do with anti-terror measures

    To be clear, the British anti-terror legislation may have been locally criticised, but it does not allow the British Prime Minister to run the country along with his cousin, police chief and mad-dog new deputy, without reference to Parliament or the law and it does not allow the British Prime Minister personal immunity for all his actions. Neither does it allow the British Prime Minister to define anything he likes as an ‘act of terror’ on grounds as woolly as ‘undermining the economy’ or ‘bringing the government into disrepute’.

    This rushed through legislation has nothing to do with protecting Malaysian citizens from foreign bombing attacks and terrorists, it has everything to do with protecting Najib Razak from the consequences of corruption.
    Yet that corruption has entrenched so deep within his own UMNO party that it does not occur to his MPs that they are solemnly tasked with the duty of protecting the rights and freedoms of the people who elected for them and who pay for their very comfortable positions. Not a single one of them has thought to stand up in their pretend Parliament and express the slightest concern that their role has finally been made redundant.

    These bow-wows are instead interested only in how much Razak will be prepared to pay them this time to do what they are told. And, as long as it is enough so that they can pack their bags and leave Malaysia to live somewhere a little more free and congenial (e.g. London) when things get too rowdy back home, this is all these ‘legislators’ clearly care about.

    By bringing through this so-called anti-terror legislation Najib is formally abolishing democracy in Malaysia, just a few years after assuming office under the pledge of reforming its earlier erosions.
    He does so in the face of opinion polls that quite rightly show him to be the most unpopular Prime Minister ever in the history of the country — 16%. At least when Hitler abolished democracy in Germany he was popular when he did it! Even so, the consequences are there for all to remember.

    No one should believe a word of it when Najib and his cronies declare that these provisions will never be abused or used except to tackle terror offences. It was not believable when he brought in SOSMA and other oppressive Acts in 2012 and sure enough SOSMA and all those acts have been first and foremost used not to tackle terrorists but to suppress democratic critics of corruption.


    Never mind, say the UMNO frogs, we can parachute out to London or New York. Never mind say the opposition, we will win the next election hands down and then we can repair the country.


    Both are wrong.



    Najib knows how desperate his measures are and he has no intention of holding a next election. His solution will be to claim a terrorist emergency to abolish all elections till future notice.


    Parliament will in the course of this week grant him that power to do so and also to claim immunity for this act against his people. There is one major terrorist at large in Malaysia who is single-handedly threatening the peaceful and democratic way of life of the people and that is the Prime Minister himself.


    As for those UMNO pleasure seekers, Sarawak Report and many others will be waiting to name and shame them from London to New York. Exile might not be so easy after all.
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    Press Statement

    3 December 2015

    National Security Council Bill And The Road To Dictatorship


    The National Security Council Bill is nothing but a brazen attempt at silencing all criticism of the Najib administration, particularly Najib himself. This proposed law has nothing to do with protecting national security. It is about protecting the political security of the Prime Minister Najib who is drowning in a sea of scandals.

    Najib cannot use Parliament to bulldoze such a law which is clearly unconstitutional as it violates the basic freedoms of the people. This nation is already saddled with a plethora of repressive laws without another more draconian catch-all law that clearly runs counter to the democratic process and the institution of constitutional government. This law will take us only to one path and that is the path to dictatorship.

    Najib cannot use the nation’s security as a mask to cover his wrong doings and to suppress opposition against his continuation of power both from within his party and outside.

    Are we elected by the people in order to legislate sweeping powers for the Executive so that they can trample on our fundamental rights and liberties? Are we not sworn to protect the Federal Constitution and to uphold the Rukun Negara and ensure that this nation will progress under rule of law and democracy?

    Everyone from Members of Parliament, political parties, civil societies and the general public must reject this bill as this strikes at the very centre of our conscience.


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    Chief Minister of Selangor
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    The NSC Bill: A Prelude to Dictatorship

    03ThursdayDec 2015
    Posted by Dennis Ignatius in Politics, Malaysia, Human rights,Democracy

    Let me get straight to the point: the National Security Council Bill 2015 tabled in Parliament yesterday is nothing less than a prelude to dictatorship, the final step in the ‘Zimbabweization’ of Malaysia.


    The bill, now being rushed through parliament with unholy haste, is so patently and blatantly undemocratic in its intent that it staggers the imagination that any government in this day and age would even contemplate it. It is a new low from a government that has consistently and increasingly disregarded the spirit of our constitution and trampled upon the rights of the people with callousness and impunity in order to cling to power.


    The bill creates, in effect, a police state wherein the government and its agents are empowered, in the name of national security, to do anything they want with total impunity and without regard to constitutional constraints and obligations.


    And this from a government that has already amassed more power than any previous government. Today, the executive has untrammelled powers over almost every aspect of national life especially given the erosion of traditional checks and balances. Our citizens have never been more at the mercy of the executive, never been more vulnerable, more exposed, more intimidated.


    Nevertheless, the government continues to insist that it needs more power, less checks and balances, less accountability. Why? What clear and present dangers lurk in the shadows that require such powers to deal with? What threats are out there that would justify such draconian laws?


    Is it the threat of ISIS militancy?


    Surely the police already have enough power to tackle that head on. What is lacking is the political will to root out Islamic militancy and radicalism and the wisdom to craft winning strategies instead of the empty rhetoric that we keep hearing.


    Is it to meet the kind of incursion that Sabah experienced not too long ago?


    Again, we have all the firepower, the manpower and the necessary legal framework to deal with such contingencies. After all, we’ve spent billions on defence and training. We have warplanes and submarines and tanks and all the other hardware that is needed. Again, what is lacking is leadership. Our men in uniform are brave and dedicated but the same cannot be said of our leaders who were indecisive and incompetent throughout the crisis.


    Is it to meet the kind of civil disturbance brought on by extremists groups like the Red Shirts who recently threatened a bloodbath in Petaling Street?


    Again, we don’t need more laws; what is needed is for the government itself to take a clear, consistent and unequivocal stand against extremism, racism and religious intolerance. After all, if the Chinese ambassador could single-handedly calm the situation in Petaling Street, think what the Prime Minister could do if he really wanted to.


    Clearly, therefore, this bill is more about consolidating power, silencing dissent, stifling the opposition and intimidating the people than anything else. It is a power grab plain and simple, the end game in UMNO’s strategy of acquiring absolute and total power. It will crush what’s left of our democracy. It will institutionalize kleptocracy. It will bring us closer to the day when we will once again be ruled by a national operations council. It will make peaceful change impossible.


    It is an act of desperation by a government fearful of its own people and terrified of change. As the man in the street knows all too well, the greatest threat to Malaysia today is not from subversion, incursion or invasion but from a government which has increasingly abused its authority, corrupted our institutions, and undermined our social fabric just to stay in power.


    To be sure, government apologists will demand that we trust the government, arguing that it is acting in the best interests of the nation, that we live in an increasingly dangerous world. Baloney to all that; this is a government with a long history of betrayal and broken promises and a litany of abusive actions and undemocratic behaviour. It simply cannot be trusted with such power.


    The day this bill become law will be a day of infamy and shame, a day of mourning, the blackest day in our history. Parliament must rise to the occasion and reject this draconian measure before the lights go out on our already feeble democracy.
    [Dennis Ignatius, a former Malaysian ambassador, firmly believes that we should put our trust not in the leadership of great men but in the sanctity of great institutions – our secular and democratic constitution, a democratically elected parliament, an independent judiciary, a free press and a government fully accountable to the people. He blogs at http://www.dennisignatius.com]

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    Safeguard Malaysia’s constitutional democracy: Oppose the National Security Council Bill



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    Aliran is shocked that the government of the day has suddenly tabled and passed the National Security Council Bill 2015 in Parliament.


    The haste with which this unclear bill was passed, without prior consultation with civil society and even parliamentarians, shows a total lack of respect for our constitutional democracy and due process.


    At the heart of the bill is the concentration of power in an unaccountable Council, headed by the prime minister as chairman, and comprising those who had been appointed by him and reporting directly to him i.e. the deputy prime minister as deputy chairman, the minister of defence, the minister of home affairs, the minister of communications and multimedia, the chief secretary to the government, the chief of defence forces and the inspector-general of police.


    Disturbingly, the notion of national security and the scope of authority are not defined and therefore are open to abuse by the NSC.


    For instance, the bill allows the NSC to declare any area, e.g. Jelutong, where Aliran is located, a security area for a variety of grounds which may have little do with genuine national security concerns. Once declared a security area, the security forces deployed “may without warrant arrest any person found committing, alleged to have committed or reasonably suspected of having committed any offence under any written laws in the security area”.


    All constitutional guarantees and fundamental rights can be ignored or suspended within that area. This is completely unconstitutional and amounts to a declaration of emergency in a specific area. Worse, the NSC may dispense with inquests in respect of members of the security forces and persons killed within the security area as a result of operations in the security area.


    In effect, the prime minister, as chair of the NSC, may exercise authoritarian emergency powers without the need for a proclamation of emergency under Article 150 of the Constitution. This effectively appropriates the powers of the Yang diPertuan Agong, again amounting to a violation of our Constitution.


    Shame on all those who drafted and helped to pass this dastardly bill through Parliament. This authoritarian piece of legislation clearly runs counter to the democratic process and renders meaningless the notion of constitutional government – as the democratic world understands it – which should provide for checks and balances.


    Given that we already have Pota, Sosma, the Prevention of Crime Act, the Sedition Act, the Communications and Multimedia Act and the Penal Code – which apparently are for protecting our national security, though often abused – why then the need for the NSC?


    There is no doubt this NSC Bill has nothing to do with the country’s national security.


    It has everything to do with protecting the political security of the scandal-ridden Najib administration and of the prime minister himself. It comes at a time when the government’s and the prime minister’s legitimacy is questionable. The scandals have been highlighted in the international media and come to the attention actively remain under the scrutiny of various foreign regulatory and investigative agencies.


    The prime minister is even being questioned by members of his own political party while a former prime minister with a good following and a string of Umno branch heads, not to mention the opposition and members of civil society, have relentlessly called for him to step down.


    We call upon the Senate to have the courage and decency to reject this bill. We appeal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to listen to the voices of the people and to safeguard our constitutional democracy and the rule of law.


    Those of us who love this country and care for democracy must stand steadfast against the draconian NSC Bill and demand the repeal of all draconian laws.


    Aliran executive committee
    4 December 2015
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    For Immediate Release
    The National Security Council is an Abhorrent License to RETAIN POWER
    7 December, 2015

    Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) warns that the National Security Council (NSC) could be a license for the Government to impose martial rule, nationally or partially, when it sees fit. It is not inconceivable that in the event of its electoral defeat, the NSC could impose martial law to prevent public protests.

    GBM opines that the overwhelming powers given to the NSC to effectively suspend parliamentary government, civilian rule and rule of law in ‘security area’ goes way beyond what is needed to fight terrorist attacks. These powers may even be used to effectively take over state governments.
    Where an area is declared as a “security area”, members of the security forces can arrest individuals, search premises and seize “suspected dangerous objects” with little if any legal constraints, and enjoy immunity over errors. This is but a horrifying list of unprecedented human rights violations waiting to happen.

    The NSC – chaired by the Prime Minister, consisting of three ministers (Defence, Home and Communications and Multimedia) and chiefs of three government services (military, police and civil service) – cannot but reminds us of the Majlis Gerakan Negara (MAGERAN).

    Set up in the aftermath of May 13 and holding absolute power with the suspension of parliamentary rule, MAGERAN also consisted of top echelons of politicians, bureaucrats, military and police officers. Incidentally, MAGERAN which radically rewrote Malaysia’s political, economic and social order was created and designed by Tun Abdul Razak, the late father of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

    Whilst in theory the renewal of security area order requires parliamentary approval, given the absolute Executive control of the Parliament, such requirement is no safeguard.

    In contrast, MAGERAN was set up as a consequence of the proclamation of Emergency which constitutionally can only be made by the Yang diPertuan Agong. NSC is therefore effectively a miniature MAGERAN Version 2.0, on standby with operational flexibility and better camouflaged with political legitimacy.

    That this monstrous institution is created by a prime minister now defiled by alleged corruption and unprecedented low popularity is a grave warning of its intent.

    GBM urges all Malaysians to stand up and protest vehemently against this autocratic NSC bill. The draconian powers accorded to the NSC would threaten our freedom and civil rights, and usurp the legitimate authority of our parliamentary democracy.

    Issued by the 20 Member Organisations of Gabungan Bertindak Malayisa as follows:

    1. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
    2. Anak Muda Sarawak (AMS)
    3. ENGAGE
    4. Japan Graduates Association,Malaysia (JAGAM)
    5. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
    6. LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)
    7. Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independen (KAMI)
    8. Majlis Perundingan Malaysian Agama Buddha, Kritisian, Hindu,Sikh dan Tao (MCCBCHST)
    9. Merdeka University Bhd (MU)
    10. Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
    11. National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT)
    12. The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
    13. Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)
    14. Persatuan Bekas Siswazah Universiti dan Kolej di China, Malaysia (LiuHua)
    15. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)
    16. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM)
    17. Pusat Komas (Komas)
    18. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
    19. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
    20. Tamil Foundation Malaysia (TF)
    21. United Chinese School Alumni Associations of Malaysia(UCSAAM)
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    Dewan Negara passes NSC Bill - without amendments





    Kow Gah Chie Published Today 8:46 pm Updated Today 10:22 pm 26comments





    PARLIAMENT The National Security Council Bill 2015 (NSC Bill) was passed in Dewan Negara with a voice vote tonight, without any amendments.


    This was despite numerous concerns raised by BN lawmakers that certain provisions may be unconstitutional, and after DAP senator Chandra Mohan filed a motion for a special committee to look at improving the bill.


    The government however has promised it will improve the shortcomings in the controversial bill, if there is any.
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