UM Law Constitution Bulletin

January 2020
Rays and Rains at Home

Disclosure of audio clips by MACC's Latheefa: Legal or not?

Make introduction of Jawi optional.
Kimanis by-election: Focus on Shared Prosperity Vision over identity politics.
MACC acted within its powers.
Law & Behold: Podcast
Law & Behold #18: Is the Death Penalty in Malaysia Constitutional?
The Malaysian government is seeking to scrap the mandatory death penalty for 11 serious offences under the Penal Code, including murder, and the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act. But many civil society groups including Amnesty International and Suhakam are adamant that the abolition of the death penalty must be absolute, stressing that the right to life is guaranteed in the Federal Constitution. We discuss this polarising topic with Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Malaya, and Sherrie Razak Dali, lawyer and filmmaker.
Winds of Change
Constitutional Amendments

G25 finds formation of Jakim, National Council of Islamic Affairs unconstitutional.

Hakam: Whether is it legal to disclose videos by MACC's Latheefa Koya?
Editor's Comment: 'The airing of incriminating videos by the MACC Chief raises significant issues about who can wiretap and subject to what procedures under several laws. A separate issue is the legality and propriety of extra-judicial and pre-trial disclosure of explosive evidence. Does the disclosure violate the right to privacy and the rules relating to sub-judice and contempt of court? Or does public interest override these rules of due process and fair trial? One is reminded of similar situations in Hong Kong in the Lorraine Osman case, the American precedents in the Pentagon Papers, the Watergate Disclosures, the DOJ revelations of money-laundering and the phone conversations in the Trump impeachment proceedings. The UK had the Clive Ponting precedent in which public interest was recognised as a defence against a charge under the Official Secrets Act.'
Legislative Reforms

United against smoking in Malaysia — Concerned Doctors.

Lim Guan Eng: Government to adopt 'considerate approach' towards taxpayers.
Parliamentary Reforms

Dear politicians, governing isn’t a moneymaking scheme.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad: Interim education minister only temporary.
Tides and Turbulences Abroad
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