‘All views will be considered before NSC Bill is amended’


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KUALA LUMPUR: All views must be studied before any amendments are made to the National Security Council (Amendment) Bill 2019, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said the government obtained different feedback and the law needed to be looked at again to include these proposals, the Prime Minister said during a press conference in Parliament yesterday.

The Bill, which was initially tabled on April 9, was withdrawn by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Hanipa Maidin on Wednesday.

The proposed amendments included, among other things, transferring the authority to declare security zones from the Prime Minister to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who would act on the advice of the NSC.

When asked when the new amendments will be tabled, Dr Mahathir said: “I don’t dare guarantee (when) but it will be as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said the government is still in the midst of drafting a new law to replace the Sedition Act.

He said the old law would have to be withdrawn before it could be replaced, he added.

When asked how soon, the Prime Minister said, “as soon as possible”.

The Shah Alam High Court on Tuesday extended a jail sentence imposed on preacher Wan Ji Wan Husin for sedition to one year.

He was initially sentenced to nine months in jail by the Sessions Court in April 2018.

Wan Ji was convicted for making remarks that were found to be seditious against the Sultan of Selangor in Facebook posts in 2012.

Meanwhile at the Parliament lobby, a non-governmental organisation called Pertubuhan Muafakat Perpaduan Kuala Lumpur (Padu) handed a memorandum to Hanipa to abolish sedition.