JOHOR BARU: The National Security Council (NSC) Bill does not override or threaten the Yang diPertuan Agong's power to declare an emergency, says Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic).
The Deputy Home Minister explained that under the Bill, which was tabled and passed in December last year, the NSC only has the power to announce any small area in Malaysia as a "security area" if deemed necessary.
"The NSC does not have the power to declare an emergency, which means that the power to declare an emergency still lies with the Agong. There is no doubt or discrepancy whatsoever about that," he said after attending the Walk to the Library programme at the Johor Public Library here Saturday.
He was asked to comment on a recent report in a Malay daily stating that Parti Amanah Negara was considering challenging the Bill to prevent it from overriding the Agong's power.
The NSC Bill, which was passed without amendments after two days of debates in the Dewan Negara on Dec 22, provides for the establishment of 15 special powers under the NSC and security forces to coordinate operations on national security.
The Bill also empowers the Prime Minister, upon the advice of the council, to declare certain areas in Malaysia as a security area and special powers are given to security forces such as the police and army in the area.