– search property and arrest people without warrants;
– declare areas a security threat for up to six months; and
– provide the police, volunteer reserve, auxiliary police, military and maritime authorities ‘special powers’
– issue curfew orders and take control of government entities
Basically, once the bill is passed (and it is assumed that it will be in March 2016), the NSC will the main authority when it comes to any matters related to national security.
In just this past three years, we have seen so much government activity over national security. Are we really that threatened in this country? Or is it just the government feeling the threat?
As it is, many of the actions taken under either of the acts have been perceived as political in nature, for example, the detention of the deemed whistle-blower, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and lawyer, Matthias Chang.
Is this something to worry about?
If you ask me, then yes, I am definitely worried about the current state of affairs regarding all of these laws.