Reflecting On The Law
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Enhancing Parliament’s efficacy
IN a commendable move, a multi-party Parliamentary Caucus was launched on July 20 by 13 prominent MPs to promote institutional reform of Parliament and facilitate public participation in the parliamentary process.
Do states have right to secede?
IN contrast to unitary states, a federation is marked by the existence of dual governments. There is a constitutional division of legislative, executive, judicial and financial powers between the central government and semi-autonomous state/provincial/regional governments. There is “self-rule plus shared rule”.
Blaze trails for high performance
The attainment of success is rooted not so much in ability but in positive mental attitudes, and planned and disciplined hard work.
Constitutional issues to the fore
Can the PM fix the date for dissolution of Parliament and the next general election?
Separating the AG from the PP
THE Federal Constitution combines the great offices of the Attorney General (AG) and Public Prosecutor (PP). This was a serious misjudgment by the Reid Commission that drafted our Constitution in 1957, and its inimical effect on the rule of law has elicited learned proposals for reform from the Bar Council, Transparency International, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), and the Institutional Reform Committee.
Review of 2021 electoral reforms
One can only speculate about the political implications of the reforms, which would greatly enlarge the electorate for the next general election.
It is time for an anti-hopping Act
An anti-defection law by itself cannot clean up our politics. Nevertheless, the experiment is worth a try.
Women’s rights: Progress or regress?
We need to put our heads and hearts together to see how our patriarchal past can accommodate the contemporary demand for equality and dignity.
Duty of civility towards other faiths
A MIASMA of sadness and tragedy has enveloped the nation due to the devastating floods and the never-ending Covid-19 pandemic. What is heartening, however, is that in the aftermath of the destructive floods, so many Malaysians reached out to each other with compassion, love and generosity that transcended race and religion.
A good step towards redemption
What is required next is proper hearing on long-standing issues that could hopefully transition into new national policies on sustainable development, education and elimination of poverty in Sabah and Sarawak.
A belated but well-deserved honour
The legal community and the entire State of Sabah are rejoicing at the conferment of the title ‘Tun’ on retired Chief Justice Richard Malanjum.
A long journey of redemption
THE process of redemption to restore the rights of Sabah and Sarawak under the Federal Constitution and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 must be viewed as urgent.
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