Pakatan sets up security council to put NSC right

  • 2:21PM Mar 31, 2013

The Security Advisory Council (SAC) newly formed by Pakatan Rakyat is aimed at addressing the failures of the National Security Council (NSC), the opposition coalitition said today.

"The formation of our SAC is important because the NSC has deviated from its original role of safeguarding national security.

"The council has deviated to safeguarding the political power of the BN," PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar told a press conference at the PKR headquarters this afternoon.

Mahfuz also reiterated his claim last year that the NSC was involved in the illegal granting of citizenship to foreigners.

The Election Commission had rubbished this claim as an "evil fairy tale".

He also pointed to the recent invasion by Filipino intruders in Lahad Datu, Sabah, as a failure of the NSC.

Should Pakatan come to power, Mahfuz said, the SAC will provide advice on how to put the NSC back on the right track.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, who unveiled the SAC today, announced that it would be headed by former army chief Gen (Rtd) Md Hashim Hussein.

Hashim said the council will be comprise experienced people in the field of defence and the full team would only be announced in due course.

‘Heavy political involvement'

He said the council would advise the top leadership of Pakatan on matters of security as well as help draft policies and strategies, on top of ensuring transparency in defence procurements.

Weighing in on the Lahad Datu intrusion, Hashim (right) said there appeared to have been heavy political involvement in the operations against the intruders there.

"For example, Sabah already has military bases and by right the command and control, as well as the operations against the intruders there, should be led by the local military leaders.

"But instead, we have deployed our topmost general and police, plus seven battalions of troops to deal with only 200 intruders," Hashim added.

Also present at the press conference was Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul and former Home Ministry deputy director-general Ismail Hamzah.

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