KUALA KANGSAR: The best person to answer questions about the National Security Council Act that became law last week is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Speaking after a visit here yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister said reporters should field her the questions.
“You’d better ask Nancy because she knows about the NSC Bill,” said Zahid, who is the NSC deputy chairman.
Unlike other Bills passed by Parliament, the law was gazetted without receiving the Royal Assent. The Bill was deemed to have received Royal Assent without any amendment at the end of the 30-day period by which the King would have to give his assent.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali had briefed the rulers on the NSC Bill during the Conference of Rulers on Feb 17.
The Rulers were of the view that some provisions in the Bill needed to be refined, said the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad at that time.
He said the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who chaired the 240th meeting, would be writing to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the matter. The next day, Mohd Apandi told the media that certain provisions would be scrutinised again.
The Federal Government gazette, dated June 7, stated that Royal Assent was obtained on Feb 18 under Article 66 (4A) of the Federal Constitution.
The NSC Act, passed by the Dewan Rakyat on Dec 3 and Dewan Negara on Dec 22, will come into force on a date to be fixed by the Prime Minister via notification in the gazette.
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