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Reflecting On The Law

Reigniting issue of royal immunities

LAST month, the outgoing president of the Dewan Negara, Tan Sri S.A. Vigneswaran, called upon the government to reinstate royal powers and immunities diminished by the Constitution (Amendment) Act 1993 (Act A848). He believed that the 1993 amendment was enacted contrary to mandatory constitutional requirements.

Reflecting On The Law

Stand against incitement to hatred

I wish to commend Tan Sri Razali Ismail, chairman of the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam), and Lawyers for Liberty executive director Latheefa Koya for speaking up against racism, hate speech and malicious misinformation about our supreme Constitution.

Nation

‘Conference of Rulers upheld continuity’

PETALING JAYA: The election process leading to the appointment of the Sultan of Pahang as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong showed the ability of the Conference of Rulers to continue the tradition of certainty, say constitution experts.

Nation

To ratify or not to ratify no longer the question

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.

Reflecting On The Law

Allowing judicial reforms to take root

There are good reasons for extending the retirement age for judges. This requires a contitutional amendment, which is challenging but not impossible.

Reflecting On The Law

The Constitution at a crossroads

EVERY teacher of constitutional law is confronted with some complex questions in class.

Reflecting On The Law

Reform needed to protect free speech

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.

Reflecting On The Law

Seize the moment and reform the judiciary

In line with many other countries, the retirement age of our superior court judges should be extended.

Reflecting On The Law

Restoring the spirit of independence

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?”.

Reflecting On The Law

Tertiary studies on the cusp of change

NOW that we have a new Education Minister, hopefully some fundamental questions will be asked about the role of our universities, where Malaysian tertiary education stands and where it ought to go.