In legal and political theory, an elected and representative legislature is the central pillar of a democratic system.
One third of the articles of the Constitution of Malaysia require Parliament to perform a number of essential functions, such as the making of laws, scrutiny of executive policy, supervision of national finance, and control of emergency powers.
But is Parliament failing to live up to our expectations in other areas? What are some reforms needed?
BFM discusses this and more with emeritus professor Shad Saleem Faruqi, holder of the Tunku Abdul Rahman chair at the University of Malaya and co-chair of the UM Malaysian Bar constitutional literacy initiative, and Maha Balakrishnan, a parliamentary consultant and research fellow at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Asian headquarters.
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Produced and presented by: Juliet Jacobs