National Security Council Bill tabled for first reading, to shift power of declaration from PM to King

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 9): The National Security Council Act 2016 will be amended to shift from the prime minister to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the power to declare security hot spots in the country, according to a Bill tabled for first reading today.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong will hold the right to make such declaration at the advice of the National Security Council (NSC), the Bill said.

It also underlined switching from prime minister to the NSC for the purposes of making regulations under the Act, including control of movements and actions in any security area during the period of declaration.

Also included in the Bill is an amendment to increase the term of imprisonment for any attendees of NSC meetings who are found to disclose information from the meeting, to five years from two years presently.