The Malaysian Legal System in Numbers

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The Federal Constitution of Malaysia is the supreme law of Malaysia. It was first introduced as the Constitution of the Federation of Malaya on August 31, 1957 – Merdeka Day. Subsequently, it was introduced as the Constitution of Malaysia on Malaysia Day (September 16, 1963).

Historically, the foundation of the constitution was laid as early as 1874 when a meeting was held between the Sultan of Perak and the British under the terms of the Pangkor Engagement. It then continued to be contested and amended until it became a core element of Malaysian nation building and embraced by the citizens of Malaysia. The constitution is both foundational and fundamental for the nation and its people to continue to strive and survive together.


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