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The Malaysian legacy of continual centralisation of power inherently carries risks of ever increasing arrogance, corruption and inefficiency on the part of the arms of the federal government. Five years before 2020, the country is mired by this legacy.

On September 16, 1963 a covenant was forged between the peoples of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore, resulting in the creation of a new sovereign nation called the Malaysian Federation.

With a new name and new country came new promises of collective security, inclusive development and equitable sharing of the land’s natural wealth. These promises were enshrined in a sacred document upheld as the supreme law of the land – the Federal Constitution.

The euphoria over the new federation compact was not to last, however. Internal and external tensions began to mount as the ruling Alliance coalition found it was losing ground to leftleaning parties at the local government level.


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