National Security Council (Malaysia)

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The Malaysian National Security Council (Malay: Majlis Keselamatan Negara Malaysia) is a subset of the Malaysian Cabinet. It is chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia and is part of the Prime Minister's Department.[1] Despite its name, it is not a national security council with national security issues being the responsibility of the National Security Division.[2]

History[edit]

The 13 May 1969 racial riot incident raised the awareness of various parties on the importance of in managing the difference and sensitivity that exists in a multi-racial community like Malaysia. Following this incident, the National Operations Council (Malay: Majlis Gerakan Negara; MAGERAN) was established. MAGERAN's existence was to improve public safety, national defence and preservation peace for the general public, supplies and services critical to the nation. When the situation improved, MAGERAN was dissolved in early 1971.[3]

The Government, nonetheless, felt that the existence of a body/agency responsible for the management of safety matters at the national, state and district level was needed as there were still communist threats and the relationship between the races was still fragile. On 23 February 1971, the Government established the National Security Council to co-ordinate policies related to the nation's safety and to provide instructions on safety including security movements, public peaceful and all matters related to safety.[3]

The Office of the National Security Council Secreatriat was established to undertake administration and secretarial duties for the National Security Council. In 1995, the Office of the National Security Council was reorganised as National Security Division (BKN) where the State Security Secretariat Office and District Security Secretariat Office fell under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s Department and thereafter underwent a name change to State and District National Security Division. The National Security Division is responsible for the co-ordination of policies related to safety as well as to instruct on the necessary actions taken by related agencies.

On 24 July 2007, the National Security Division was once again reorganised and became the National Security Council, where the State Security Division became the State Security Council and the District Security Division became the District Security Council. The reorganisation was to ensure that the National Security Council carried out its function as a policy maker relating to national safety and to provide instructions on safety as a whole.

Responsibility[edit]

The main central agency in the drafting of national safety policies. This process encompasses reviewing current policies and the drafting of new policies. This task requires co-ordination with various agencies

  • Responsible as the secretariat of the National Security Council and main committees at the Federal and State level on issues involving national safety, public safety and crisis and disaster management.
  • Responsible for the co-ordination and execution of safety policies placed under various Government agency to ensure uniformity and in line with objectives.
  • In certain aspects, directed to perform operational duties. Certain units such as Federal Special Officers Team Sabah/Labuan (PPKPS/L) and Search and Rescue Team Malaysia (SMART) serves as its execution agency.
  • Also responsible for the co-ordination of steps involved in crisis situations, public safety, state of emergency and disaster.
  • Responsible in overseeing internal, regional and international developments and crisis country which may impact national safety.

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