UM Law Constitution Bulletin

March 2019
Rays and Rains at Home
Malaysia acceded to Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
  • What is the Rome Statute?
  • Groups met Sultan of Johor to protest against acceding to Rome Statute.
  • Sultan of Johor: Putrajaya violated Federal Constitution with Rome Statute.
  • Prof Shad: Royals misled
    (Malay translation of the article to be emailed soon).

  • Lim Wei Jiet: The Rome Statute, the royal institutions and our Constitution can exist harmoniously.
Women's March 
At The Courts
  • Federal Court lifts stay in Najib's RM42m case.
  • High Court allowed Anwar  to refer constitutional questions on the National Security Council Act 2016 to the Federal Court.
Racial Discrimination
Other Developments
Federal Court to hear merits of contempt proceedings against Arun Kasi.

Free speech vs contempt by Datuk Syed Ahmad, former judge
Winds of Change
Constitutional Amendment

Cabinet agreed to amend Article 1(2) of Federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia.
Judicial Reforms
Parliamentary Reforms
Legislative Reforms
Tides and Turbulences Abroad
Brexit: Parliament seizes control as May flounders

David Cameron, Theresa May considered third vote – but the Speaker said ‘no’, Yale MacMillan Center
United States: President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency to block the resolution by Congress to reverse the national emergency.

Richard Pildes, How the Supreme Court weakened Congress on emergency declarations, The Washington Post

Zimbabwe: Constitutional amendment proposed to maintain quota for women in Parliament.
Thailand's election results delayed.

Constitutionalizing Autocracy: A General Election Under Thailand’s 20th Constitution by Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang, Chulalongkorn University

Thailand: Constitutional Court dissolved Thai Raksa Chart Party.

India Election 2019
: The mystery of 21 million 'missing' women voters.
Brunei: Whipping or stoning to death for homosexuality and for Muslims found guilty of same-sex relations, adultery, sodomy and rape to be implemented from April 3.
Breaking At Dawn
Adrienne Stone, ‘Freedom of Expression in Asia’ in David Law, Holning Lau and Alex Schwartz (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
On The Horizon
The Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, collaborates with the Malaysian Bar Constitutional Law Committee in a new fortnightly series on BFM radio station (89.9) aimed to enhance constitutional literacy.

In the first episode, Prof Shad and Surendra Ananth discussed the meaning and significance of our Constitution.

The second episode will be
aired on 29 March 2019 at 3pm, with the podcast to be uploaded to the BFM website by 4pm on the same day.
Click here to listen to the first episode!
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