Monday, 2 March 2009

CONSTITUTIONAL CONFLICT AND ETHICS IN CURRENT MALAYSIAN POLITICS

ANNOUNCEMENT: KAIROS FORUM


CONSTITUTIONAL CONFLICT AND ETHICS IN CURRENT MALAYSIAN POLITICS



VENUE: HERITAGE CENTRE (PJEFC)



DATE: FRIDAY 20TH MARCH 2009



TIME: 8.30PM – 10.30PM



SPEAKERS:

PROF. DR. SHAD FARUQI

University Teknologi MARA; Author of Document of Destiny: The Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia (2008) (Star Publications)



MR. PHILIP T.N. KOH

Co-editor of Sheridan & Groves , The Constitution of Malaysia , 5th Ed (2008)( MLJ) and Co-Counsel in The Tun Mustapha v Tun Adnan Roberts & Dato Pairin Sabah cases in 1985.



DR. NG KAM WENG

Research Director, Kairos Research Centre



CHAIRMAN:

MR. M. SELVEINDRAN

Chairman, Kairos Research Centre





The unfolding Perak Constitutional Crisis and political events following the March 8, 2008 General Elections have raised some difficult challenges to democratic governance in Malaysia. Some of the contentious issues that have gained prominence include the following:



* How should the Federal and State Constitutions be interpreted in the context of the present political conflict?
* What is the scope of the Sultan's discretionary power to appoint or dismiss members of the State Executive Council?
* What are the moral and legal issues arising from party hopping?



Resolving the present Constitutional conflict will require an informed judgment that takes into account legal precedents both in Malaysia and in the Commonwealth. The purpose of this Forum is to provide a legal, political and ethical context to evaluate the plurality of views that have been expressed in the media.



The Forum will also provide theological and moral resources for Christians seeking to be responsible citizens who can engage realistically with the moral issues arising from the present political conflict.



Who Should Attend?


Pastors, church leaders, youth leaders and all concerned citizens who desire to gain an understanding of the vital issues that impact our nation.



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Forthcoming Forums (be on the lookout for further details):



(1) Global Economic Crisis



(2) The Israel-Palestine Conflict

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