PM: New National Security Council Bill to tackle terrorism will be tabled soon

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — A new National Security Council Bill will soon be tabled in the current Parliament sitting to enhance Malaysia’s security measures amid terrorism threats both from within and outside the country, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

Najib said this was aimed at strengthening the National Security Council (NSC) so that it would be on par with similar agencies in other countries like the US and UK.

“In line with the changing geopolitical landscape and the type of threats from non-state actors, regardless of whether from overseas or from within, violent extremism in Malaysia is real and the government has given due attention to combat it.

“Therefore, the government is now in the process of strengthening the NSC to make it more efficient and effective in streamlining the policies as well as the country’s security strategies,” Najib told Parliament during question time.

“The transformation among others is to study the roles and functions of the NSC as an agency that executes policies it finalises. This includes the need to formulate a new Act, the NSC Act to establish MKN by way of law like how it is done several countries such as the United States (US), India, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom (UK) and many others,” he said.

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