Law, Principles and Practice in the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) of Malaysia

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Law, Principles and Practice in the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) of Malaysia 

Author Tan Sri Dato’ Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, Datuk Roosme Hamzah, Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi and Team of Expert Contributors
Publication Date Aug 2020
ISBN 9789672339748
Format
Hardcover + Ebook
Publisher Sweet & Maxwell

 

"[The oversight of executive functions is an] important role of the Parliament, in particular the Dewan Rakyat, ... not much appreciated. It is hoped that the publication of this book will remedy that." 
From the Foreword by Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim, former Chief Judge of Malaya
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Malaysia has established its own Parliamentary procedures, methods, norms, and practises in its six decades of independence. This book is intended to serve as a comprehensive reference for parliamentarians, parliamentary officials, civil workers, serious scholars and researchers, and the general public with an interest in parliamentary matters. Contributors and editors have purposefully decided to examine not only Parliamentary laws, but also the procedures and underlying concepts that underpin these laws and practises. The detailed explanations and examples provided in this book will surely aid the reader in better understanding and practising each rule.

The book's authoring has included the required inputs and thoughts from a vast pool of specialised contributors beyond the immediate boundaries of Parliament, in keeping with the book's goal and scope. The contributors include legal practitioners, members of academia, a politician, and the Chairman of the Malaysian Elections Commission, in addition to the Speaker, the Clerk of the Dewan Rakyat, senior officers in the Clerk's Office, research officers, and officers in the Speaker's Office.

It's a collective insight, with each chapter offering a unique perspective that will hopefully make the book more relevant and beneficial to a wider audience.

TABLE OF CONTENTS of Law, Principles and Practice in the Dewan Rakyat 

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION
  • Introduction

PART 2 – THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK

  • The Constitutional Position of Parliament
  • Constitutional Supremacy: Theory vs Reality
  • Between Washington and Westminster: Malaysia’s System of Parliamentary Government
  • The YDPA and Parliament
  • The Prime Minister and the Cabinet System
  • The Electoral Process
  • Caretaker Government
PART 3 – THE FUNCTIONS AND INSTITUTIONS OF PARLIAMENT
  • The Functions of Parliament
  • The Institutions of Parliament
  • The Speaker’s Position and Functions
  • The Role of the Secretary to Parliament
  • The Administration of Parliament
PART 4 – THE PARLIAMENTARY PROCESS
  • The Order of Business
  • Question Time and Debates
  • Motions
  • Statements by Ministers
  • Ordinary Legislative Process
  • The Legislative Process for Financial Bills
  • The Committee System
  • The Special Chamber
  • Caucuses and Parliamentary Friendship Groups
PART 5 – RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF PARLIAMENT AND ITS MEMBERS
  • Parliamentary Privilege, the Laws Governing Parliament and the Standing Orders
  • Parliament and the Courts
  • Parliament, Treaties and International Law
PART 6 – PARLIAMENT, SOCIETY AND REFORM
  • Parliament and the Public
  • Problems, Prospects and Proposals for Reform
  • Conclusion

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