The NSC Act: Come Monday blues!
By Zan Azlee
Just to remind everyone come 1st of August 2016, which would be this Monday (today is a Friday), the National Security Council (NSC) Act will take effect according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
This bill was passed in Parliament 3rd December 2015 and at the Dewan Negara on 22nd December. It was gazetted on 7th June 2016.
This act will see the government’s powers to deal with issues thought to be detrimental to national security increasing extensively.
The NSC will be chaired by the Prime Minister, with the Deputy Prime Minister as the deputy chair, and it will have the authority to:
- declare areas a security threat for up to six months
- search property and arrest people without warrants
- provide the police, volunteer reserve, auxiliary police, military and maritime authorities ‘special powers’
- issue curfew orders and take control of government entities
So enjoy the weekend everybody, because when Monday comes, things will be a whole lot different.