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Reflecting On The Law

Thursday, 21 Nov 2019

By Shad Saleem Faruqi

Despite the importance of the Federal Constitution, Malaysians don’t know it well. It’s time to properly and fully educate the young on its principles and values.

THE Federal Constitution is our nation’s fundamental law. It is the apex of our legal hierarchy of rules and is of superior validity to all laws – whether passed by the Federal Parliament, State Assemblies or local authorities.

Its provisions describe the manner in which the state is organised, government carried on and justice administered. It contains the core, essential features of our legal system.Besides rules, institutions and procedures, it encapsulates the basic values on which our society is founded. In its glittering generalities are contained our Founding Fathers’ lofty vision of a peaceful, prosperous, just, tolerant, democratic and plural society.

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Last Updated: 25/11/2019