What’s the point of National Security Council, MP asks

Jelutong MP RSN Rayer says the National Security Council should have vetted allegations of DAP duo’s alleged links to LTTE before taking further action.

KUALA LUMPUR: A DAP MP today questioned the reason for the existence of the National Security Council (MKN) following the arrest of two assemblymen from the party over their alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

RSN Rayer wondered why the assemblymen’s alleged ties to the now-defunct separatist group had not been brought up to the council, arguing that it should have been the case.

He said the MKN, which was set up by the previous administration, should have vetted the claims of the duo’s alleged links to LTTE before taking further action.

“If they are terrorists, the MKN should know about this. They shouldn’t be detained by police just like that. We are talking about an assemblyman and an exco here. So what’s the point of having the MKN?” the Jelutong MP asked when debating the budget at the committee stage today.

Last Tuesday, DAP assemblymen P Gunasekaran and G Saminathan were slapped with terrorism charges some three weeks after their arrest in a crackdown on alleged LTTE sympathisers.

Both Gunasekaran, the Seremban Jaya assemblyman, and Saminathan, the Gadek assemblyman and Melaka exco member, claimed trial.

On a separate matter, Rayer also wondered what had happened to the allegations by Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer of judicial misconduct made earlier this year.

He said Hamid had filed an affidavit and that a police report had been lodged.

Rayer urged the Judicial Appointments Commission to ensure that those implicated in Hamid’s affidavit were sacked.

“We don’t want them to continue working,” he said.