Fixing the Constitutional Lacuna May Be Easier Than We Think

By Zairil Khir Johari

June 2016 CARPE DIEM
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Countries can manage having two separate sets of laws, but Malaysia has ended up without a final arbiter in key legal cases that involve both. We need to fix this problem.By virtue of Articles 5 to 13 of the Federal Constitution, every Malaysian citizen is accorded the inalienable right to, inter alia, personal liberty, due process of law, property rights, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of association, and most importantly, justice and equality before the...

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Zairil Khir Johari

is the Penang state executive councillor for public works, utilities and flood mitigation, and the state assemblyman for Tanjong Bunga.