UM Law Constitution Bulletin

December 2019
Rays and Rains at Home
Sabah, Sarawak High Court registries to remain for now: Chief Judge.
Law & Behold: Podcast
Law & Behold #17: Human Rights: New Threats, Challenges and Opportunities.
In conjunction with Human Rights Day, Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Malaya discuss new threats and challenges to human rights globally and locally, and also to look at opportunities to protect and uphold the human rights of all people.
Law & Behold #16: Are Vernacular Schools Constitutional?
Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Malaya discuss are vernacular schools constitutional? Recently, a lawyer sought to pursue a challenge on the constitutionality of the existence of vernacular schools. In a motion filed on October 23rd this year, he sought a declaration from the Federal Court that it was unconstitutional for Parliament to pass an amendment to Sections 17 and 28 of the Education Act 1996, providing for the continued existence of vernacular schools. 
Winds of Change
Constitutional Amendments

Putrajaya to table constitutional amendment Bill for PM's term limit.
Legislative Reforms

Second reading of Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission 2019 (IPCMC) Bill postponed to next year.
Parliamentary Reforms

Anwar: Parliamentary caucus to bring up RCI issue to the Cabinet.

Liew: MPs who fail to declare assets after Dec 5 deadline can be suspended.
Tides and Turbulences Abroad
Public Comments
Lim Wei Jiet
Vernacular schools are constitutional.
Breaking At Dawn
Vito Breda, Legal Transplants in East Asia and Oceania (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

This volume provides a unique overview of methodologies that are conducive to a successful legal transplant in East Asia and Oceania. Each chapter is drafted by a scholar who holds direct professional experience on the legal transplant considered and has a distinctive insight into the pragmatic difficulties related to grafting an alien institution into a legal tradition. The range of transplants includes the implementation of contractual obligations, the regulation of commercial investments and the protection of the environment. The majority of recent legal reforms in these geographical areas have aimed at improving national economic performance and fostering trade and have been directly inspired by European and North American institutional experiences. There is also, however, a tendency to couple economic reforms, aimed at attracting foreign investment, with constitutional reforms that improve the protection of individual rights, the environment and the rule of law.


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