Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia

Book launch on Malaysia's constitution

FCCM, rights group Undi Malaysia and electoral reform activist Ambiga Sreenevasan jointly launched NUS Professor Andrew Harding's new book, “The Constitution of Malaysia: A Contextual Analysis”.

The book presents a bird's-eye view of the Malaysian constitution after 56 years of its establishment and examines the country's approach to constitutional governance in light of authoritarianism and continuing inter-communal strife.

The event ended with a casual discussion involving Harding, Ambiga, lawyer Philip Koh and FCCM's Jia Ning Tan on reforms needed and the challenges for a new democracy ahead of looming elections in Malaysia.

Mahadev Shankar, a former Malaysian Court of Appeal judge, and several other prominent lawyers and judges were among the participants.

Harding is a professor of law and the director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has worked extensively on constitutional law in Malaysia and Thailand and has published nine books as author or editor.

The book launch was co-organised by the FCCM and Undi Malaysia.