Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The AG’s advice to the PM is confidential
Salleh Said Keruak
Today, a debate is raging in the UK regarding Britain’s drone attack on ISIL in Syria who were plotting an attack on Britain -- the first time Britain has launched a drone attack to combat international terrorism. The debate focuses on the legality or otherwise of such action.
The opposition has questioned this decision of the British Prime Minister and Parliament was told that the PM first sought the advice of the Attorney General, in particular about the legality of such action according to international law, and the AG advised the PM that it was since Britain was taking a pre-emptive self-defence strike.
When questioned about what exactly did the AG advise, Parliament was told that any advise by the AG is confidential and the PM need not inform Parliament as to what that advise was. The issue is whether Britain’s action is legal and the AG said it was and that whether the PM needs to reveal this advice and Parliament was told that the advice is confidential.
Those who are raising all sorts of issues against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would best take note of this because the PM can take advise from the AG and act on this advise and keep this advise confidential. And as to what acts can be considered detrimental to the security of the country is entirely based on the advise of the intelligence community, economic sabotage included.