107-74 vote for National Security Council Bill – the long night has begun

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A dark day for democracy in Malaysia as power is concentrated in the hands of the prime minister and his cabal.

The bill was passed at the policy stage 107-74. Eternal shame to those MPs who voted in favour of the bill. (It looks as if about two dozen BN MPs may have abstained or absented themselves.)

We are on the cusp of darkness.

Now the Bill is being debated at the committee stage. And it could be passed by the time Parliament adjourns tonight.

Ambiga summed it succinctly in a couple of tweets: “BN has now made the PM supreme. The tragedy is that I am not sure BN MPs truly appreciate what they have just done with the NSC bill. Worse, some don’t care.”

Actually, Ambiga, I think the BN MPs know precisely what they have done. But yes, they don’t care as long as they get to keep their positions of privilege and comfort.

The long night has begun.

But we cannot, must not, lose hope. The more the darkness falls around us, the more candles we light.

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benny

Malaysia is placed behind Indonesia and the Philippines but higher than Singapore, in the latest index released by London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to measure democractic practices worldwide. EIU’s Democracy Index 2015 saw Malaysia dropping three places from the previous year to be at the 67th position in a ranking of 167 countries. The index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation; and political culture.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysias-democracy-remains-flawed-latest-index-shows#sthash.scYn0kUC.dpuf

benny

Malaysia: Najib Doubles Down By Kirsten Han The government is close to introducing a controversial new security law. “Najib the bold,” The Economist declared in 2011 when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that his government would repeal the Internal Security Act, a draconian law used to detain dissidents without trial. Across the Causeway, Singaporean activists heralded the move, pointing to Najib as an example for the Singapore government to follow. No one expected then that a mere four years later Najib would introduce a piece of legislation that would even surpass the Internal Security Act in catapulting Malaysia back… Read more »

benny

Is Malaysia on the road to state-sanctioned atrocities? http://www.theantdaily.com/Main/Is-Malaysia-is-on-the-road-to-state-sanctioned-atrocities Rama Ramanathan wrote this: Researchers have studied countries where the atrocities of genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing have happened. The researchers concluded that there are several structural risk factors which could lead to those atrocities. The risk factors fall broadly into four categories: discrimination, unaccountable government, weak rule of law and economic inequalities. In Malaysia, there is discrimination: members of the Malay community dominate the public sector, while members of the Chinese community dominate the private sector. In Malaysia, the government is unaccountable – we have neither parliamentary select committees… Read more »

lim

Anil, dont waste strength on this guy, no point. He could be yang reincarnated !!! Whoever he is, just bin it !!!

This country is gone… leave by all means !!!

benny

A government-issued booklet has labelled Bersih rally as racist while lauding the red shirt rally as patriotic was distributed at the Umno general assembly.

The 105-page booklet, which is filled with colour photographs and titled ‘Uprising of Red Shirt, Sept 16’, is published by Department of Special Affairs (Jasa), a unit under Communication and Multimedia Ministry.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/322840#ixzz3tsnJeS8M

gk ong

Malaysia and Myanmar are moving in the opposite directions of democracy? Doomocracy?

Gary Kim

Malaysia’s PM About to Join a New Club – Despots Najib uses threat of Islamic terrorism the same way Marcos and Suharto used the Communist bugaboo http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/malaysia-pm-najib-join-new-club-despots/ Under the legislation, the Prime Minister alone can decide how big the “security area” is in the event the country is faced with national threats. Within that area, authorities could make arrests and conduct search and seizures without a warrant. Too much power being concentrated in the hands of the Prime Minister under such draconian law has raised fears of possible authoritarian rule to stifle dissent and consolidate Najib’s power base amidst the… Read more »

benny

As reported on International Business Times: Malaysia Passes ‘Repressive’ Security Law Amid Corruption Controversy Malaysia passed a new security law Thursday that could help the government quash protests as Prime Minister Najib Razak parries corruption allegations. In August, tens of thousands of people rallied against Najib, calling on him to step down in connection with 2.6 billion ringgit ($610 million) found in his bank accounts. Critics may try to hold protests when the ruling United Malays National Organization (UMNO) holds its annual conference next week. The bill was introduced Tuesday and passed late Thursday, the last day before parliament goes… Read more »

henson

The 2 sons of Jelutong Tiger in action at Parliment yesterday on check and balance to prevent abuse :

Azmi

Just like ISA this is a good law. Nowadays the people don’t react or do thing rationally like before. Opposition will use every opportunities to instigate for their political mileage in the name of democracy by running the streets and even going to the extent of cooperating with terrorist group that invade our country and kill our policemen and people. It’s the right move. Anyway the law has been legitimately and democratically passed in Parliament through the people’s representatives or the people’s choice

azmi

Anil : Whether it is good or bad is subjective and depend on how you think. The people have given their mandate to BN and it has been put up for debate and voting in Parliament and the result that is passed through is fair and square. You can call it the people`s choice is it not. Now how could that be kidding you.

azmi

Anil, you keep talking of Universal Declaration of Human Rights but don`t you realize that this law is actually helping to protect human rights from people who break the law in the name of human rights that deny others their rightful human rights. Think of both sides of the coin. I put you in jail to protect him. You see the logic

azmi

Actually it should be, I locked you up to save him and the country.

benny

from The Economist: NAJIB NOW POLITICALLY UNASSAILABLE, DR M REDUCED TO ‘CRANKY HAS-BEEN’ IN ANY country, a leader who received deposits of nearly $700m in a personal bank account from an unnamed donor in the Middle East for unspecified purposes would find his position under scrutiny. Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, is no exception. Ahead of a general assembly starting on December 8th of his party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), one of his predecessors, Mahathir Mohamad, published an open letter calling for the umpteenth time for his resignation. But the biggest risk facing Mr Najib at the assembly… Read more »

benny

I have just been told that The Economist with this article was banned at newsstand, and subscribers did not receive their copy.

Latest:
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong will lose command of the military if the National Security Council (NSC) Bill is passed, lawyer and rights activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said, adding that the bill was illegal as it breached three articles of the Federal Constitution.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/agong-will-lose-command-of-military-if-nsc-bill-passed-says-activist#sthash.BDEG9UGX.dpuf

james k

hahahaha. haha. haha.
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Ras

Asking please do not make a fool out of yourself!

Reggie Bollie

Azmi, is your brain vaporised by vaping too much?