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Understanding the Federation of Malaysia


You may well know that Malaysia is a federation. Our country is made up of 13 individual states, forming a federation of states known as the Federation of Malaysia.

But what is a federation? A federation is a geopolitical entity in which smaller entities, such as territories or states, come together to form a bigger entity. A ‘federal’ government will govern this bigger entity, while the smaller entities will retain jurisdiction to enact laws and govern in certain defined areas.

Shahredzan Johan

Syahredzan Johan

Syahredzan Johan is a young lawyer and partner of a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur.

   

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