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Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity$
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Rainer Grote and Tilmann Röder

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199759880.001.0001

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The Politics of the Judiciary

(p.305) 3.6 Malaysia
Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity

H.P. Lee

Oxford University Press

This chapter first describes the key institutions of the Malaysian constitutional system: the executive, Parliament, the King, the Conference of Rulers, the judiciary, and the supremacy of the Constitution. It then discusses the 1988 judicial crisis which was triggered by a letter sent by Tun Salleh Abas to the King following a meeting of the judges in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The convening of this meeting was the culmination of exasperation and anger of judicial officers over ongoing attacks on the judiciary by Prime Minister Mahathir. The chapter concludes with lessons from the Malaysian experience.

Keywords:   Malaysia, constitutionalism, constitution, Malaysian constitutional system, judiciary, Mahathir

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