Shad Saleem Faruqi: Setting the Moral Compass for Today’s Judiciary

CHECK AND BALANCE

Shad Saleem Faruqi: Setting the Moral Compass for Today’s Judiciary

Parliamentary democracy is a good thing but with much fables and foibles, thus turning the parliament into an institution which merely legitimates, not legislate as it is supposed to do, said a constitution expert.

There are so many rules in the interpretation of the constitution that it is often said in jest that “the golden rule is that there is no golden rule”. Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, this country’s foremost constitution expert said that the three compartments of the parliamentary democracy – legislative, judiciary and executive branches – are not supposed to exist in compartmentalised isolation but to act as a check and balance for each other. For example, in cases where the executive powers are uncontrolled and need to be tamed, the Universiti...

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