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Past Events

Every event that UM Consti Team had traditionally organised is curated specifically for the purpose of spreading the spirit of constitutionalism amongst the public with the ultimate goal of building a constitutionally literate society.

 

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2016/2017

Constitutional Law Lecture Series #7: Judicial Independence: A Long And Winding Road?

Independence of our Institutions is the best way to ensure a just society. For more than 30 years now, the independence of the Judiciary has been the subject of debate. On 30 December 2017, Tun Dr. Mahathir, now Prime Minister, in a speech at the opening of the inaugural PPBM annual general meeting said that the separation of powers between the executive, legislature and judiciary will be restored, and that he will also ensure that the government, especially the prime minister, will not be able to control the judiciary.

 

What has been the path our Judiciary has taken? Have we moved forward in the march to a truly independent judiciary, and if so, how far? What is the impact of the Federal Court decisions in Semenyih Jaya Sdn Bhd v Pentadbir Tanah Daerah Hulu Langat & Another and Indira Gandhi v Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Perak & Ors? What are the judicial reforms sought to be brought about by the new government? How will the proposed changes impact the implementation of judicial independence nationally? What is and has been the relationship between the judiciary and the political actors?

 

These and other burning questions have been discussed by esteemed speaker,  Dr Azmi Sharom, in the 7th and final Constitutional Law Lecture, organised by the UM Consti Team, in collaboration with Chooi & Company. 

Constitutional Law Lecture Series #6: Freedom of Speech & Expression In A Functioning Democracy.

Freedom of expression is regarded by many as the cornerstone of a democratic society. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and many other international human rights instruments. The Federal Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression as stated in Article 10. It comes as no surprise that attempts to stifle the exercise of one’s freedom of expression have been met with fierce resistance from civil society organisations and concerned citizens.

 

How have our laws fared in promoting and protecting freedom of expression in Malaysia? Do we have a conducive environment to encourage a vibrant modern democracy? Have we made progress or regressed?

 

Fortunately, our esteemed speaker, Mr Christopher Leong managed to dissect the aforementioned questions in the 6th Constitutional Law Lecture, organised by the UM Consti Team, in collaboration with Chooi & Company.

Constitutional Law Lecture Series #5: Protection of Marginalised Minorities under the Constitution.

UM Consti Team organised its 5th lecture on the 28th of September 2017, under its Constitutional Law Lecture Series, in collaboration with Chooi & Company at the Tun Suffian Auditorium, Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya. In this lecture, the renowned former Court of Appeal Judge, Dato' Seri Hishamudin talked about the topic of the "Protection of Marginalised Minorities under the Constitution". 

Constitutional Law Lecture Series #4: Security Laws and the Constitution.

How do we balance the might of the State with the citizens' right to life and liberty as guaranteed under the Constitution? Can the State protect national security and safety without rendering the constitutional right to life and liberty illusory and without meaning?

 

Those were the issues discussed by our esteemed speaker, Dato' Dr. Gurdial Singh Nijhar in the 4th Constitutional Law Lecture Series, in collaboration between Chooi & Company and the UM Consti Team on the 25th of May 2017.

Constitutional Day has been the primary event of UM Consti Team of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, every year.

As the year of 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Malaysian Federal Constitution, it was timely for us to celebrate the great milestone our Federal Constitution has achieved.

Our event was recognised and approved by the Jabatan Pendidikan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

We had conducted several interesting workshops, forum, and other fun activities to provide participants with a new insight into the Constitution: the ultimate legal yardstick of all laws.

Constitutional Law Lecture Series #3: Freedom of Religion: Constitutional & International Perspectives.

Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi was invited as the guest speaker for our third lecture under the Constitutional Law Lecture Series, held in collaboration with Chooi & Company. The lecture was conducted on the 20th of April 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Auditorium Tun Mohamed Suffian, Faculty of Law. Prof Shad dissected Article 11 of the Federal Constitutional and brought in interesting perspectives from the international arena.

Voter Registration Awareness Campaign 2.0

On 22/2/2017, we had organised a voter registration awareness campaign around the campus. This was the second round of such event. We hope participants were made aware of the importance of voting as well as the process of registration. A right no exercised is a right is a right lost!

Voter Registration Awareness Campaign 1.0

We had our firs round of voter registration awareness campaign in KPS, UM Sentral and Faculty of Education. Participants were given the opportunity to ask our members pertaining to any enquiries they mught have about the requirement of voting, the importance of exercising our voting rights as well as the best way of identifying the candidate that best advocate for our ideals and needs.

Constitutional Law Lecture Series #2: Amendments to the Syariah Courts Act 1965 (RUU355) - Constitutional & Practical Issues.

Our esteemed speaker, Dato' Mohamad Ariff bin Md Yusof was gracious enough to accept our invitation to provide a special lecture at the Tun Suffian Auditorium, Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya in conjunction with the second constitutional law lecture in which UMCT had collaborated with the esteemed law firm, Chooi & Company. Our guest speaker thoroughly dissected the topic of the Amendments to the Syariah Courts Act 1965 (RUU355) - Constitutional & Practical Issues.

 

It was a full house with almost 500 attendees coming from different backgrounds, as well as the legal practitioners, judges, ambassadors and students from different universities. 

In conjunction with the Human Rights Day, UM Consti had organised The Hunger Games 4!

 

Humans used to be restricted in olden days, especially war period. The ruler always set rules to keep them safe. In the midst of danger, more and more restrictions were given. People are segregated to different districts and commenced The Hunger Game. What was the purpose? Forgoing liberty for safety? Participants had to role-play in a war-time situation and lived the lives of those who were actually subjected to such restrictions. It was interesting to observe how the participants reacted to extreme situations. All in all, they realised the importance of liberty and the freedom of movement. 

UM Consti in collaboration with Associate Prof. Dr. Siti Zaharah binti Jamaluddin with the help of Miss Tasha Lim, proudly held this forum.

 

The purpose of this forum is to help the public understand the gravity of this crime and why we need to put a stop to this. Help us to protect the children of Malaysia, the future of our country.

Constitutional Law Lecture Series #1: Reclaiming Our Federal Constitution – Preserve, Protect & Defend.

The Federal Constitution as the supreme law of the Federation preserves the central pillars of democratic governance and rule of law in the country. It goes without saying that all Malaysians must be armed with the knowledge of the Federal Constitution, an understanding of the rights and limits of the institutions of the government, and the rights of every Malaysian. Nevertheless, how many of us know what is in the Federal Constitution? How many of us are aware of our rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution? More importantly, why must we all know and understand the Federal Constitution? 

 

The aforementioned questions were answered by our experienced guest lecturer, Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, the Founding President of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), in conjunction with the first lecture under our Constitutional Lecture Series in collaboration with Chooi & Company. 

Table Discussion - Terrorism: Trick or Threat

The UM Consti Team had organised a Table Discussion in conjunction with the delegates from the Student Exchange Programme (SEP). Students from our partner countries which includes China, Indonesia and Wales thoroughly enjoyed the session.

 

A big shoutout to ALSA University of Malaya for aiding us throughout. Details of the event is as follow: 

 

Date: 13 Oct 2016 (Thursday)

Time: 9am-12pm

Topic: Terrorism: Trick or Threat?

Moderators: Raymond Han, Lim Chun Yuan, Tasha Lim Yi Chien, Joseph Khor, Meng Soon Chong and Chiang Yi. 

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