New law to beef up NSC


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015

Zooming in: Najib being mobbed by members of the media as he leaves Dewan Rakyat.

KUALA LUMPUR: A National Security Council Bill will be tabled in Parliament to deal with real internal and external threats to the nation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Bill would be tabled during the present sitting, which will run from Oct 18 to Dec 3.

“In line with the changes in surrounding geopolitics and nature of threats from non-state actors, be it external or internal, violence extremism is a real threat to Malaysia.

“The Government must give due attention to address such threats,” he told Dewan Rakyat here yesterday.

He said the new law would strengthen the NSC’s role as the lead security agency by giving it force of law, similar to what was done in other countries such as United States, Japan, Thailand, Philippines and Britain.

The Prime Minister made the announcement when replying to Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid (BN-Kota Tinggi).

Noor Ehsanuddin had wanted to know the measures taken to transform the NSC and make it more effective in addressing new and complex challenges.

Najib said a review of the nation’s security policy, NSC’s security directives and operating procedures would also be done to ensure their continued relevance.

“The strengthening of the security management mechanism would also ensure preparedness at the state and national levels,” he added.

He said the new national security policy would be completed by 2016 and serve as an umbrella framework for the nation’s defence and internal security policies.

“It is hoped that all parties give their undivided support towards transforming the NSC as it is crucial to preserve and defend the nation’s security,” he said.

Najib said that since issues regarding the nation’s security affect the whole country, federal government officers would also provide feedback to states that are not governed by Barisan Nasional.

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