UM Law Constitution Bulletin

July 2019
Rays and Rains at Home
Dr. Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk: Islam compatible with human rights, democracy.

Dr. Gurdial Singh Nijar: For where corruption breeds, liberty cannot long exist. 

SAVE Rivers to SUHAKAM: Educate people on their rights.

Court ruling sets legal precedent which can help protect human trafficking survivors.

Not a registered voter in Malaysia? Here’s how you can register online.
Law & Behold: Podcast
Law & Behold #8: The Right to Vote
The eighth episode of Law & Behold discusses the right to vote in light of proposed changes to lower the voting age (at first reading in parliament at the material time). Firdaus Husni, the Chief Human Rights Strategist at the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights, and Hang Ying Shuang, director of the UM Consti team untangle what this could mean for our democracy.
Law & Behold: Podcast
Law & Behold #9: Is there a Constitutional Right to Health?
The ninth episode of Law & Behold welcomes back Firdaus Husni, the Chief Human Rights Strategist at the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights, this time with Dr Cheah Swee Neo, Secretary, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) to discuss the right to health and also whether there is a place for economic, social and cultural rights in Malaysia.
Sedition Act
Orang Asli Rights
  • Ramkarpal: Not recognising Orang Asli customary land rights is wrong.
  • Malaysian Bar: Perak wrong to say Orang Asli have no customary rights.
Sexual Harassment
  • Women’s group slam PKR senator over law to ‘protect’ men from being ‘seduced’ into rape remark.
Winds of Change
Constitutional Amendments

Dewan Rakyat passes Bill to amend Federal Constitution to lower voting age to 18.

Dewan Negara passes Bill to lower voting age to 18.
Parliamentary Reforms

Parliament to adopt UK model in bridging gap between lawmakers and civil society.

Senator: Dewan Negara Select Committee to be set up soon.
Legislative Reforms


Dewan Rakyat passes bill that sets new legal regime for syariah lawyers.

Deputy Minister: Malaysia working to tighten laws on forest protection.

Motion on redelineation of Sabah electoral boundaries approved by Parliament.

Government tables Bill to set up the IPCMC.

Amend Peaceful Assembly Act but don’t repeal it.
Tides and Turbulences Abroad
Singapore: Lawyer warns of looming executions in Singapore.

USA: Democrats Propose Constitutional Amendment to restore our one-person-one-vote democracy.

China: More than 40 people charged in court with rioting.
Chile removes statute of limitations on child sex abuse amid Church crisis.

German:  Constitutional Court ruled that speed camera readings that cannot be independently verified violate the right to a fair trial.

Turkey: Application claiming a violation of freedom of expression over the country’s internet censorship rejected.
Breaking At Dawn
Srimurugan Alagan, Federal Constitution: A Commentary (Sweet & Maxwell Malaysia, 2019).

"This work is a must for all limbs of the legal profession - law teachers, students, judges and practitioners. It is the piece in the constitutional jigsaw puzzle that has been missing for all this time."

- excerpt from the Foreword by Gopal Sri Ram

Tan Sri James Foong, The Malaysian Judiciary - A Record (LexisNexis, 2019).

In this third edition, the author has revisited all chapters of the book, adding fresh content from further research, additional images, more stories that have never before been published, including several light-hearted recollections of judicial life, as well as several new chapters covering the turbulent times that befell the judiciary before it emerged renewed and strengthened today.
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