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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13, 2015:

The National Security Council (NSC) Bill, recently approved by the Dewan Rakyat, is a preventive measure focusing on efforts to tackle terrorism.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed says that the Bill would integrate NSC’s authority, providing it the power to declare a security zone for a specific area in the country.

He said the Bill should not be misinterpreted and did not intent to undermine the power or authority of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“The Bill will allow actions by government agencies to be standardised and react swiftly.

“This is because today’s threats are in the forms of guerrilla warfare and they move in small groups, like what happened in the United States, France and Egypt, where many lives were lost.

“This is why we need the NSC Bill to focus efforts on tackling terrorism by moving quickly.

“If we use the rules before, it will be quite slow,” he said at a press conference today.

Commenting on the objections by National Human Rights Society of Malaysia (Hakam) president Datuk S. Ambiga and Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah on the Bill, Nur Jazlan said these non-governmental organisations had nothing to worry about.

He said the NSC Bill did not involve any NGOs, including Bersih 2.0, stating that the group had previously organised four assemblies without any action from the NSC.

“The Bersih rally is under police jurisdiction and subjected to the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA). What do they have to worry about?

“So I ask Bersih not to consider itself to be too important. Instead, the fight against terrorism must be given priority.”

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