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Malaysia Before Malaysia Lecture #6: Federal Constitution – Colonial Legacy or National Pride?

November 12, 2016 @ 10:45 - 13:00



To many Malaysians, the Federal Constitution is deemed as the heart of our nationhood. It holds the promises of our aspirations, hopes and dreams to be attained by preserving ideals as encapsulated by the highest law of the land.

However, this promise has faced much obstacles and for some, its spirit has withered over time – especially with the changing landscape of the people’s liberties, institutions and justice.

Due to this, there have been many concerns severely contested by numerous scholars, activists and communities regarding the perceived values interpreted from the Federal Constitution, when provisions regarding religion, race and fundamental liberties are brought into a controversial light once again in the courts of justice.

Much of it boils down to questioning the origins of the Federal Constitution, its makers and its attempt to move forward from the long episode of colonialism. Has it contributed to the current dilemmas we face today? Will a better understanding of our Federal Constitution ignite a greater appreciation that will revitalize the necessary attitudes to address these very same dilemmas?

In this lecture, Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz, founding president of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) will be scrutinizing the history behind the making of Malaysia’s Federal Constitution and the surrounding debate around the extent of its ability to serve as the bedrock of the nation.

Details of event are as follow:
Date: Saturday, 12th November 2016
Time: 10.45am – 1.00pm
Venue: MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB, Jalan Pantai Baharu (A-3-8 Pantai Business Park), 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Admission is free and open to all. Donations are encouraged. Directions to the venue are available at

This lecture is part of the Malaysia Before Malaysia series, brought to you by Imagined Malaysia and MCCHR.

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MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB
A-3A-8, Pantai Business Park, Jalan Pantai Baharu
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 59200 Malaysia
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