Hastening Regression of Human Rights through NSC Bill

For Immediate Release
23rd December 2015

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the passing of the National Security Council (NSC) Bill by the Senate on the 22nd of December 2015.

Since the introduction of the NSC Bill, civil societies have actively tried to engage with Members of Parliament and senators from both side of the political divide. Despite the genuine concern expressed by the civil societies, some Members of Parliament and senator from the Barisan Nasional have snubbed all effort for discussion and went out of their ways to demean and ridicule the efforts by the civil societies.

Despite the sharp censure from the European Parliament’s resolution dated on the 17th of December 2015, the Government of Malaysia and its representative have wilfully chose to disregard the concerns expressed by our European friends and proceed with their dastardly plans to further dismantle Malaysia’s democratic institution. Undoubtedly, this turn of event would further tarnish the image of Malaysia on the international stage and reveal the deception by the Government of Malaysia in portraying its leaders as liberal and moderate.

As the Government of Malaysia and the representative from Barisan Nasional have clearly forgotten their obligations, SUARAM would like to remind these ‘distinguished’ leaders that the rights and liberties guaranteed to ALL Malaysians under the Federal Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would be render null and void by the NSC Bill. As the representative of the peoples of Malaysia, they have clearly turned their back on the oath they have taken when they failed to safeguard the rights of Malaysian and wilfully participated in the destruction of these rights.

At this point, we are but months away before the Prime Minister of Malaysia would be granted powers hitherto unheard of in the history of Malaysia. Reflecting upon the persecution of human rights defenders and vulnerable groups in Malaysia throughout 2015, SUARAM have no doubt that it would only be a matter of time before the NSC becomes the new tool for suppressing dissent by the Government of Malaysia. The latest addition to the Government of Malaysia’s arsenal will further empower its agents to continue its despicable violations of human rights and fast track the erosion of human rights in Malaysia.

To our friends that have shown unparalleled courage in the face of tyranny, we urge you to stand firm our belief and continue the struggle for a democratic Malaysia together! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and may Malaysia remain a democratic country this time next year.

In Solidarity

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM