The National Security Council is now 42 years old. However, its contributions to national security, public safety and natural disaster management go unnoticed.
After the May 13 riots in 1969, the National Operations Council was formed to restore law and order. It was disbanded when Parliament was restored in 1971. However, the Cabinet decided that it was still necessary for a body to look after the safety of Malaysians. Thus, the National Security Council (NSC) was born in July that same year.
Today, the NSC plays a very sophisticated role; it is the principal policymaking and coordinating body for disaster management in the country, and is in charge of activities related to disaster preparation, prevention and mitigation, response/relief and recovery/rehabilitation. It is under the purview of the Prime Minister’s department and coordinates activities among various agencies at the federal, state and district levels.
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