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NSC Bill provisions should be refined, say rulers

The Conference of Rulers is of the view that some provisions of the National Security Council Bill 2015 should be refined.

It expressed this opinion after attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali gave a briefing on the Bill during the 240th meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur today.

The Selangor sultan - as chairperson of the meeting - will write to the prime minister on the matter, said the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal, Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, in a statement.

The Bill - which was passed by the Dewan Rakyat last Dec 3 and the Dewan Negara on Dec 22 - provides special powers to the operations director and the security forces to control and coordinate national security operations.

Today's meeting was attended by all the rulers - with the exception of the Pahang sultan, who was represented by Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as the Pahang regent.

It discussed matters related to Islam and the appointments of top religious officials, members of the Public Services Commission and superior court judges.

- Bernama