States must respect Federal Constitution


“JUDGES rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to the pressures of the time,” said Warren E. Burger, an attorney and jurist who served as the 15th chief justice of the United States from 1969 to 1986.

Very few judicial decisions in our Constitution’s 66-year history reflect Burger’s ideal as firmly as the Federal Court’s scintillating judgment last Friday in the case of Nik Elin Zurina and Tengku Yasmin v Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan (2024).

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