Recent and archived articles by Shad Saleem Faruqi
IN a rule-of-law society, the judiciary is the cornerstone of the constitutional arch. Its independence, integrity and ability are indispensable to the proper functioning of a legal system.
The Third Schedule of the Constitution provides for how the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his deputy are chosen. But the Conference of Rulers also has the overriding discretion to offer the office to whoever is deemed most suitable.
There have lately been violations of the doctrine of ministerial responsibility. Our columnist argues that Malaysia should have a Ministerial Code, similar to the one in England, which sets out the standards of behaviour expected from all ministers.
But the ICERD remains a tempest in a political teapot, and so the discussion on the UN Convention must continue in Malaysia, a nation at the crossroads.
TWICE in the last six months, this column has pointed out that due to the relatively early retirement age of 66 (plus six months), our superior courts are being deprived of much sterling talent.
There are good reasons for extending the retirement age for judges. This requires a contitutional amendment, which is challenging but not impossible.
EVERY teacher of constitutional law is confronted with some complex questions in class.
FREEDOM of speech is the essential pillar of a democratic set-up and the life-blood of a free society. The right to question the government’s policies and priorities and propose alternative measures is necessary to check the expanding empire of executive power.
In line with many other countries, the retirement age of our superior court judges should be extended.
IN conjunction with our 61st anniversary of independence, a few NGOs organised a forum on Tuesday night on the topic “Malaysia Baru – 61 Years After Merdeka, Do Ethnicity & Religion Matter?”.