Thanks Delta Lima and Chong Sim Chung for alerting me to this article.
This is another attempt of making a mountain out of a molehill.
NSOF is not a new paramilitary unit.
It is an attempt by Malaysian government to emulate US Joint Special Operations Command or better known as US JSOC.
The men in NSOF are either military or police personnel, drawn from all different special operations personnel from Army's GGK, Navy's PASKAL, Air Force PASKAU, Police VAT69 and UTK.
So technically they have commission from His Majesty Yang Dipertuan Agong and will follow His Majesty's command.
NSOF was formed to face threats from emerging non-state actors which usually blur the line of responsibility between Armed Forces (external threat) and Police (internal threat).
There were questions why not having the units to be place under the aegis of the Armed Forces' Markas Angkatan Bersama (MAB), or Joint-Operations Command.
But my guess would be that if it is under MAB, it would be given that the unit will be led solely by the Armed Forces, which may not be favourable to VAT69 and UTK.
Anyway, I do not see a stretch from existing operational framework for these units. In fact, during the Emergency Era, the British did formed what is known as National War Committee, consist of civilians, police and military personnel. At state and district level, these are known as State War Committee and District War Committee respectively.
Back to the formation of both NSOF and NSC.
As the line between police work and military duties blurred, there would be times when immediate and decisive actions will be required. Ideally, His Majesty's consent should be sought to activate the military. But the delay may result in loss of territories and lives.
This has always been taken advantage off by militant and terrorist groups. By targeting their actions on the civilian government, they tried to legitimise their actions as in support of the Regent. In fact, I could rattle a few examples, but that would turn this post into a political rant, if you get the drift.
I'm also rather disturbed by how the Cilisos tried to portray the threats that our country is facing today. By saying that there's no threat, that is actually absurd.
Every day, there are new threats emerging. 10 years ago, you would not have heard of Royal Sulu Forces, nor Daish. 20 years ago, you would not have heard of Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia or Al Maunah. But they existed. And they have spilled blood all the way from Malaysia to Bali, to Philippines, to Jakarta and most recent to the streets of Aleppo, Raqqa, Mosul and many other places.
So if you choose to ignore these threats, be ready to face the consequences.
Of course, many of you may believe these are manufactured threats. Or no such threats exist. But I'm reminded of that whenever I take the train to Puchong, passing the Movida club, that these threats exist. Or when I passed by Bangsar's lively night scene, where a group of militants had planned to detonate some bombs during the Millennium celebration. Or even the attempt to attack this year's National Day celebration.
Why have you not heard most this? Because men and women made of sterner stuff has made sure these devil incarnate could not harm you. And they need our hand to support them further.