This book covers constitutional history and discusses the Federal system of Government under the Constitution, involving, inter alia, the distribution of Legislative and Executive powers, the rights and responsibilities of the Federal and the State Governments, the sharing of revenues, financial burdens and functions between the Federal Government and the States, the special protection for Sabah & Sarawak, and amendments to the Federal Constitution, particularly those amendments which could affect the rights and interests of the States.
NEW IN THIS EDITION
- Updated to reflect new judicial pronouncements and legislative developments.
- Discusses calls for the greater sharing of the nation's wealth and revenue from natural resources with the States.
- Considers the viability of the decentralization of powers to State Governments.
- Analyses the constitutional issue of when and how confidence in the Government is to be determined, and when its leader may be dismissed.
- Discusses judicial decisions on religious issues such as conversions, divorce and custody of children, and on the preclusion of non-Muslim lawyers from appearing in the Syariah Courts.
- Explains the court's more liberal stance on the locus standi of individuals to challenge the Government's breach of constitutional duties.
- Gives clear explanation of the distribution of sovereign powers between the Federation and the States.
- Contains extensive discussion of the powers of Parliament to amend the supreme law and of the guiding principles of the Constitution.
- Provides analytical and insightful commentary, with regular reference to cases, legislation and background source.
- Written by author with in-depth knowledge of Federal-State relations.
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