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Emeritus Prof. Datuk Dr Hj Shad Saleem Faruqi

Fourth Holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies

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Learning to live together in harmony

THE shadows are lengthening on 2020 and a tumultuous decade is about... Read More

Constitutional issues to the fore

AS in life so in law, a host of factors have to... Read More

Can Batu Sapi polls be postponed?

THE by-election for the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in Sabah, caused by... Read More

Observe the spirit of the Constitution

THOUGH the pandemic rages and the economy plummets, the wheeling and dealing... Read More

The appointment of Sabah’s CM

THE last fortnight has thrust a number of constitutional issues to the... Read More

Promote multilingualism in education

As the laws permit considerable discretion and flexibility, it is ultimately a... Read More

Honouring the Malaysia Agreement

In many areas, Sabah and Sarawak’s autonomy has suffered serious retreat. AS... Read More

Building bridges, dismantling walls

THERE are no quick-fix solutions. The causes of disunity are many and... Read More

Support the nuke weapons ban treaty

Nuclear arms are not weapons of war but weapons that would wreak... Read More

Reigniting issue of royal immunities

LAST month, the outgoing president of the Dewan Negara, Tan Sri S.A.... Read More

Federal-State Division of Powers: Thoughts for the Future

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Put Rukunegara at the core of govt

AUGUST 31 this year will be doubly sacred. Besides being the 63rd... Read More

Parliament as the Grand Inquest of the Nation: Proposals for Enhancing Parliament's Institutional Efficacy

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Can MPs hold positions in GLCs?

For Parliament to function well, legislators need to be independent of external... Read More

Posers on constitutional position

ALL crises produce heroes or bystanders. Malaysia’s frontline workers of the Covid-19... Read More

State defiance lacks legal basis

Doubts over the conditional MCO are understandable but when states go their... Read More

Religion, reason can go hand in hand

RELIGION is one of the most potent forces of human civilisation. It... Read More

Present constitutional dilemmas

EXCEPTIONAL crises call for exceptional responses. However, in a democratic society, the... Read More

Appointment of A Prime Minister - No. 3 of a Series of Essays by The Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.isis.org.my/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Appointment-of-Prime-Minister.pdf" title="Malaysia's Constitutional Fundamentals - No. 3”] Read More

Pandemic rules and the law

The Covid-19 crisis engulfing the nation (and the rest of the world)... Read More

Constitutional Supremacy: Theory Versus Reality – No. 2 of a Series of Essays by The Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies

CONSTITUTIONAL SUPREMACY: THEORY VERSUS REALITY Emeritus Prof. Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi... Read More

Healing a fractured body politic

A lot of political juggling is required when a coalition forms a... Read More

An overturning of popular will

The dizzying chain of political developments have raised a number of monumental... Read More

Royal rule amid leadership change

AS long as a prime minister continues to enjoy the stable support... Read More

Improving the access to justice

Decentralisation is necessary and traditional and modern, legal and non-legal, judicial and... Read More

Build bridges and dismantle walls

In 2020, Malaysia needs more efforts to strengthen intercommunal harmony and fight... Read More

Keeping up with the challenges

We have made great strides in protecting basic human rights and freedoms,... Read More

Malaysia's Constitutional Fundamentals - No. 1 of a Series of Essays by The Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies

OUR CONSTITUTION – OUR DOCUMENT OF DESTINY Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad... Read More

Sosma can’t be above Constitution

OUR Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation and the superior... Read More

Schools must promote constitutional literacy

Despite the importance of the Federal Constitution, Malaysians don’t know it well.... Read More

Let us be the change we want to see

OUR nation is going through some turbulence in the areas of race... Read More

Opening the windows of our mind

THE pre-eminence and official position of the Malay language is deeply entrenched... Read More

Have knowledge of the Constitution

SIXTY-TWO years into independence, knowledge of our supreme Constitution’s glittering generalities is... Read More

Bridges of friendship across the sea

We in the peninsula must learn from our borneo brothers and sisters... Read More

Time to stand up and be counted

A lot more has to be done to improve human rights in... Read More

At 60, Parliament is due for reforms

The law-making body is the central pillar of our democracy, and yet... Read More

Tertiary studies on the cusp of change

A HIGH-LEVEL committee of the Education Ministry is conducting a detailed study... Read More

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Emeritus Prof. Datuk Dr Hj Shad Saleem Faruqi

Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Hj Shad Saleem Faruqi has been appointed as the Fourth Holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia for the period July 2019 to June 2021.

Emeritus Prof Shad is currently the Holder of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya. He is a Member of the Judicial Appointments Commission; a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia; a member of the post GE-14 Government’s Institutional Reform Committee; and a member of the MA63 Committee. He is an Emeritus Professor of Law at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at USM, Penang; as Associate Professor at UIAM; and an Adjunct Professor at New England University, Australia

He is the author of ten books including Document of Destiny: The Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia; Reflections on Life and the Law; Media Law & Regulations in Malaysia and Our Constitution.

In four and a half decades in the law he has authored more than 600 articles in journals, periodicals and newspapers. He has done many national and international consultancies including the drafting of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives in 1992.

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Learning to live together in harmony

17 December 2020
THE shadows are lengthening on 2020 and a tumultuous decade is about to come to an end. It is time to reflect on the past...

Constitutional issues to the fore

19 November 2020
AS in life so in law, a host of factors have to be examined holistically before any significant decision or determination can be made. This...

Can Batu Sapi polls be postponed?

05 November 2020
THE by-election for the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in Sabah, caused by the untimely death of respected former Law minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong, is...

Observe the spirit of the Constitution

22 October 2020
THOUGH the pandemic rages and the economy plummets, the wheeling and dealing to secure advantages for themselves remains the pastime of many leaders on both...

The appointment of Sabah’s CM

08 October 2020
THE last fortnight has thrust a number of constitutional issues to the fore. By-election: Due to the sad demise of Datuk Zachary David Liew Vui...

Promote multilingualism in education

24 September 2020
As the laws permit considerable discretion and flexibility, it is ultimately a matter of wisdom, political courage and educational vision. MALAYSIAN Employers Federation executive director...

Honouring the Malaysia Agreement

10 September 2020
In many areas, Sabah and Sarawak’s autonomy has suffered serious retreat. AS we commemorate 57 years of the formation of Malaysia, we need to recapture...

Building bridges, dismantling walls

27 August 2020
THERE are no quick-fix solutions. The causes of disunity are many and the cures must tackle a whole range of swirling, divisive forces, some of...

Support the nuke weapons ban treaty

13 August 2020
Nuclear arms are not weapons of war but weapons that would wreak total, global destruction. SEVENTY-FIVE years ago, on Aug 6,1945, in a horrendous act...

Reigniting issue of royal immunities

30 July 2020
LAST month, the outgoing president of the Dewan Negara, Tan Sri S.A. Vigneswaran, called upon the government to reinstate royal powers and immunities diminished by...

Federal-State Division of Powers: Thoughts for the Future

23 July 2020
PUBLIC LECTURE OF THE TUN HUSSEIN ONN CHAIR IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT ISIS MALAYSIA Duality of government and a clear demarcation of legislative, executive, judicial...

Put Rukunegara at the core of govt

16 July 2020
AUGUST 31 this year will be doubly sacred. Besides being the 63rd anniversary of Merdeka, it will be the 50th anniversary of our Rukunegara. This...

Parliament as the Grand Inquest of the Nation: Proposals for Enhancing Parliament's Institutional Efficacy

24 June 2020
PUBLIC LECTURE OF THE TUN HUSSEIN ONN CHAIR IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT ISIS MALAYSIA In political theory an elected and representative legislature is the central...

Can MPs hold positions in GLCs?

04 June 2020
For Parliament to function well, legislators need to be independent of external pressure, including the temptations that the executive can offer. It boils down to...

Posers on constitutional position

21 May 2020
ALL crises produce heroes or bystanders. Malaysia’s frontline workers of the Covid-19 catastrophe were rightly applauded as national heroes by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in...

State defiance lacks legal basis

07 May 2020
Doubts over the conditional MCO are understandable but when states go their own way, even when in good faith, they risk facing civil suits. NINE...

Religion, reason can go hand in hand

23 April 2020
RELIGION is one of the most potent forces of human civilisation. It satisfies our innermost needs and reflects our deepest yearnings. Nearly 84% of the...

Present constitutional dilemmas

10 April 2020
EXCEPTIONAL crises call for exceptional responses. However, in a democratic society, the measures adopted must preserve human dignity and show fidelity to the Federal Constitution...

Appointment of A Prime Minister - No. 3 of a Series of Essays by The Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies

26 March 2020
[pdf-embedder url="https://www.isis.org.my/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Appointment-of-Prime-Minister.pdf" title="Malaysia's Constitutional Fundamentals - No. 3”]

Pandemic rules and the law

26 March 2020
The Covid-19 crisis engulfing the nation (and the rest of the world) calls for drastic measures to prevent the spread of the affliction, trace those...

Constitutional Supremacy: Theory Versus Reality – No. 2 of a Series of Essays by The Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies

20 March 2020
CONSTITUTIONAL SUPREMACY: THEORY VERSUS REALITY Emeritus Prof. Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi ROLE OF A CONSTITUTION A Constitution is the political architect's master plan for...

Healing a fractured body politic

12 March 2020
A lot of political juggling is required when a coalition forms a Cabinet. But what matters now is meeting the people’s expectations. WHATEVER reservations we...

An overturning of popular will

27 February 2020
The dizzying chain of political developments have raised a number of monumental constitutional issues. THE unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and...

Royal rule amid leadership change

13 February 2020
AS long as a prime minister continues to enjoy the stable support of a simple majority in the Dewan Rakyat, his position as Prime Minister...

Improving the access to justice

30 January 2020
Decentralisation is necessary and traditional and modern, legal and non-legal, judicial and non-legal techniques must be nurtured. THE administration of justice is the firmest pillar...

Build bridges and dismantle walls

02 January 2020
In 2020, Malaysia needs more efforts to strengthen intercommunal harmony and fight hate, extremism and ignorance. A TUMULTUOUS year has come to a close and...

Keeping up with the challenges

19 December 2019
We have made great strides in protecting basic human rights and freedoms, but there are always threats to counter. We fight best when we fight...

Malaysia's Constitutional Fundamentals - No. 1 of a Series of Essays by The Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies

10 December 2019
OUR CONSTITUTION – OUR DOCUMENT OF DESTINY Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi Holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair Institute of Strategic and...

Sosma can’t be above Constitution

05 December 2019
OUR Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation and the superior courts have the power to review and invalidate any executive or legislative action...

Schools must promote constitutional literacy

21 November 2019
Despite the importance of the Federal Constitution, Malaysians don’t know it well. It’s time to properly and fully educate the young on its principles and...

Let us be the change we want to see

24 October 2019
OUR nation is going through some turbulence in the areas of race and religious relations. Not a fortnight passes without some incident or the other...

Opening the windows of our mind

10 October 2019
THE pre-eminence and official position of the Malay language is deeply entrenched in our Constitution. Article 152(1) prescribes that the national language shall be the...

Have knowledge of the Constitution

26 September 2019
SIXTY-TWO years into independence, knowledge of our supreme Constitution’s glittering generalities is woefully lacking in our society. Not only ordinary citizens but students at all...

Bridges of friendship across the sea

12 September 2019
We in the peninsula must learn from our borneo brothers and sisters the art of communal living, in which they are far better than us.AS...

Time to stand up and be counted

15 August 2019
A lot more has to be done to improve human rights in our country. Malaysians need to band together to subdue undemocratic forces in a...

At 60, Parliament is due for reforms

01 August 2019
The law-making body is the central pillar of our democracy, and yet it legitimates rather than legislates. THE hallowed institution of our Parliament turns 60...

Tertiary studies on the cusp of change

18 July 2019
A HIGH-LEVEL committee of the Education Ministry is conducting a detailed study of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA) to recommend more autonomy...