The Malaysian executive with a continuous two thirds majority in Parliament, until the recent general election, has forced through through hundreds of constitutional amendments, and thus has assumed excessive unhealthy autocratic powers in the practice of a pseudo-democratic system, according to former MCA vice-president Chua Jui Meng.
In a statement today 11 April 2008, Chua supported the call for a judicial reform by the Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah who also spoke of the need for the three government branches – the legislative, executive and judiciary – to be highly responsive and accountable to the people.
“Malaysia was founded on the governing constitutional principle of the three government branches, each invested with specific functions to provide the necessary check and balances for good governance".
“However, over time, the executive branch has assumed more powers than is healthy for our democracy and I believe that realignment must be made in all three branches to restore the balance as enshrined by our Federal Constitution,” he said.
Chua recommended amendments to the Federal Constitution to restore and uphold the authority and autonomy of the judiciary, and for its sanctity to be upheld, he said “it is vital that every person and institution – including political parties – must be treated equally before the law”.
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