Malaysia's opposition argues in federal court that security act is unconstitutional

7 January
Parliament of Malaysia (photo credit: Wojtek Gurak/flickr)
Parliament of Malaysia (photo credit: Wojtek Gurak/flickr)
The National Security Council (NSC) Act, which came into force on Aug 1, 2016, is unconstitutional as it has taken away a number of basic fundamental rights guaranteed in the Federal Constitution, a lawyer told the Federal Court today. Gopal Sri Ram, who is appearing for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, said several aspects of the NSC Act had removed the rights to life and personal liberty, freedom of movement, free speech, assembly and association, and right to property. “The NSC Act must be struck down for violating Articles 5, 9, 10 and 13. This law did not come within the ambit of Article 149 to take away such rights to protect the security of the nation,” he said in his submission before a seven-member bench led by Vernon Ong Lam Kiat.
Read the full article here: Free Malaysia Today


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