Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz's Abiding Times PDF

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By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz

ISBN-10: 9814382809

ISBN-13: 9789814382809

This ebook includes articles chosen mostly from the author's column, Abiding instances, in theSun, Malaysia, in addition to people with Tengku Zatashah Idris, Syed Haizam Jamalullail, Sharyn Shufiyan and Quek Sue Yian. released among March 2008 and August 2010, they have been written within the interval after Tunku Zain's go back from the USA and as much as the Proclamation of the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Besar. From calling for the tests and balances so an important to the powerful functioning of a democratic society to be reinforced, to reminding all individuals in a democratic society in their rights and tasks, the author writes in language that's effortless to learn and with a wry experience of humour.

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Among our recently-elected ADUNs and MPs are young people previously involved in overseas campaigns with parties deeply rooted in political philosophy. My hope is that they use their experience to appreciate the multiple identities that the general election accentuated. For upon Merdeka, we were not just a contract of races: we were a federation of states, a unity of young and old, a marriage of kampong and city, a coalition of rich and poor—but above all, we were a nation of shared aspiration.

It is pointed out that elections are rare and it may be years before MPs can be punished, but trusting representatives to make decisions in our interest until the next election forms the basis of our democratic system. If that is to be changed, then we are in the realm of much wider reforms. There may well be cases where a candidate’s promises to constituents would be better performed by switching parties, and it should not be assumed that MPs only ever switch parties for suspicious reasons. An opportunity now exists to rise above such cynicism in politics; or are our elected representatives so feebleminded that a law should replace the strength of their convictions?

This reputation is corroborated by his heroic proposal for an apology to Tun Salleh Abas and other former judges for offences committed during the 1988 desecration of the judiciary. Still, I dare to venture that his proposal to prevent party-hopping is less deserving of praise, despite the literature confirming his support for parliamentary independence. ” Firstly, the touted moral merit of the idea is spurious. It is claimed that this legislation will prevent deceitful politicians from breaking their promises to the people: they supported a party as candidates and they should support the same party as parliamentarians—or so the argument goes.

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