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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.

 

Interested in collaborating with us for future events? Do contact us on any of our social media platforms and our representative will get back to you at the soonest.

2021/2022

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In collaboration with Family Frontiers, the UM Consti Team organised the second screening of "Saya Juga Anak Malaysia" on 13 May 2022, a short film about one mother's years-long struggle to pass on her Malaysian citizenship to her daughter. The aim of the screening and forum discussion was to shed light on the effects of gender-discriminatory citizenship laws on Malaysian women, their children and the family unit. We were truly honoured to have Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, Ms Patricia Low and Ms Corina Robert Mangharam as our speakers for the forum discussion.

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The UM Consti Team (UMCT) organised an infographic competition entitled "The Constitution & Us: Infographic Artistry for our Community!" From 5 -26 March 2022 as part of our Virtual Constitutional Carnival. The submissions were evaluated by our guest judge, Dr Hameedullah Asri, as well as the High Committee members of UMCT.

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The UM Moot Club and the UM Consti Team successfully organised the Internal Malaya Constitutional Moot Competition (IMCMC) 2022 virtually from 8 to 10 April 2022 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The aim of the competition was to encourage Novice mooters to kickstart their mooting journey and to learn more about Malaysian Constitutional Law. The competition also served to provide a great platform for all participants to hone their advocacy skills and receive constructive feedback from our guest judges.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the judges who spent their valuable weekend adjudicating this competition!

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On the 19th of March 2022, the UM Consti Team organised a webinar, “Execute Justice Not People: The Death Penalty Debate” in conjunction with the Virtual Constitutional Carnival 2022.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the esteemed speakers, Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, Dato’ Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, and Adjunct Prof Philip Koh Tong Ngee, for providing insight on the topic of the death penalty in Malaysia. We would also like to thank Dr Sharon Kaur for moderating this webinar!

 

We hope that the webinar has been eye-opening to all participants.

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On the 12th of March 2022, the UM Consti Team, in collaboration with the Malaysian Bar Council’s Constitutional Law Committee, organised a panel session, “Stop The Hop! : Is Anti-Hopping Law the Solution Forward?” in conjunction with the Virtual Constitutional Carnival 2022.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the distinguished panellists, Mr Nimalan Devaraja and Mr Joshua Wu for sharing their insights on the possibilities of implementing anti-hopping laws in Malaysia. We would also like to thank Dr Sheila Ramalingam for moderating this event!

 

We hope that everyone who participated has gained valuable insights on this topic.

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On the 12th of December 2021, Ecolawgy UM in collaboration with the UM Consti Team, organised a panel session, "What Does The Constitution Say About Preserving The Environment?"

 

We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the distinguished panellists, Professor Dato’ Gurdial Singh Nijar and Mr Bryan Ng Yih Miin, for sharing their insights on the role of the constitution in preserving the environment. We would also like to thank Ms Izni Ahmad for moderating the fruitful event!

 

We hope that everyone who participated has gained valuable knowledge on this topic.

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2020/2021

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Reflections: Reverberations of Recent Rulings - Case Revisits

On 2nd May 2021, Prof Shad Saleem Faruqi was invited as our guest speaker for the last event of the 2021 Constitutional Carnival, Reflections: Reverberations on Recent Rulings. He then dissected the rulings in the cases of Mariah Chin Abdullah v Ketua Pengarah Imigresen & Anor, Rovin Joty Kodeeswaran v Lembaga Pencegahan Jenayah & Ors And Other Appeals, Iki Putra Mubarrak v Kerajaan Negeri Selangor & Anor, and Jill Ireland binti Lawrence Bill v Menteri Bagi Kementerian Dalam Negeri Malaysia & Anor.

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Law Review Competition -  The Federal Constitution: A Cardinal Facet of Malaysia

Pertaining to its title, 'lex terram' is a Latin phrase which means ‘law of the land’. In Malaysia, our law of the land, which is the Federal Constitution, has always been a cardinal facet of Malaysia – the core of the Federation which assembles the voices and views of the people on an ideal nation. 

 

Thus, this competition serves as a platform for participants to submit their respective works which will be reviewed by constitutional experts. Also, not only were the winners rewarded with grand prizes, winning articles were also featured on the UM Consti Team’s monthly Law Series and Consti Bulletin!

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Public Speaking Competition: Lux Hominum Vita (Life, the Light of Men)

Lux Hominum Vita, which translates to 'life, the life of man' aspires to inspire participants to set the light of human dignity in the heart of their audiences with creative speeches that address socio-political issues and how these issues are correlated to the Federal Constitution. 

 

hence, we sought the youth's stand and opinion on ‘Undi18’, which is a movement to reduce Malaysia’s legal voting age from 21 years old to 18 years old.

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Tik Tok Competition: Sebangsa, Senegara, Sejiwa (Unity in Diversity)

This competition serves as a guide to pivot Malaysians of the potential we have as a diversified society, instead of being drowned in the ocean of negativity. The aim of this event is to celebrate our diversity and how we use our differences to create a stronger bond. After all, our Federal Constitution itself provides that everyone has the right to equality and fundamental liberties.

 

TikTok is rising as a new platform to spread all kinds of knowledge through creative means. Through this competition, we were delighted to see how students relayed their ideas on 'unity in diversity'!

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Virtual Talk - Life and Liberty of Migrants, Asylum-Seekers and Refugees

The UM Consti Team organised a virtual talk on the topic of Migrants, Asylum-Seekers, and Refugees. Ms Katrina Jorene Maliamauv from Amnesty International Malaysia and Ms Mahi Ramakrishnan from Beyond Borders Malaysia were invited as our guest speakers. The moderator of this virtual talk session was Kamara Azlie, a then, second-year law student in the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya.

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Virtual Talk - Development and Challenges for Women’s Rights in Malaysia

The UM Consti Team organised an online webinar on the topic of Women's Rights. Ms Rheanne Wong from Stand Up Malaysia and Ms Nisha Sabanayagam from AWAM were gracious enough to accept our invitation to be the guest speakers for the event. The moderator of this virtual talk session was Ana Natasha, a then, second-year law student in the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya. She was also a member of UMCT at the time of the event.

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The Just Team: A chat with Justech x Consti Team

UM Justech had reached out to the High Committee of the 2020/2021 tenure for UMCT to participate in their very first online sharing session. Our members Akeed, Faye Lee Chin, Rachel and Jia Xin had gladly accepted their invitation. In the session, Akeed shared his experience and the underlying message on why he started out his recent trip 'Project Peninsula' and also his progress in the YouTube realm. Faye Lee Chin then shared the aspirations behind UMCT’s very own podcast while Rachel shared on her plans for UMCT's Tik Tok strategy to boost social engagement. 

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2019/2020

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UM Consti Team X TEDxUM

"How democratic is the Malaysian democracy?" was organised by UM CONSTI TEAM in collaboration with their educational partner, TEDxUniversityofMalaya at Tun Suffian Auditorium, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya on 12th December 2019 (5pm - 7pm).

 

The speakers that were invited were :

  1. Associate Professor Dr. Azmi bin Sharom ( Deputy Chairman of the Election Commission)

  2. Dr Idlan Zakaria ( CEO of The Centre which was co-founded by Khairy Jamaluddin)

  3. Miss Nalina Nair ( Secretary of DAP of the Women's wing)

  4. Mr. Tharma Pillai ( Advocacy Director & Co-Founder of Undi18)

  5. Mr. Sharwin Mohan (Captain of the UM English Debate team)

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Democracy Lesson A47: Are you ready to vote?

In July 2019, Malaysia amended Article 47(1) of the Federal Constitution which lowered the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen. Acknowledging the fact that the Federal Constitution is the supreme law of Malaysia and not many secondary school students are equipped with sufficient knowledge of the Constitution, UMCT collaborated with SMK Seri Pantai to educate the students pertaining to the Malaysian democracy system and why it matters.

 

This was the very first time UM CONSTI TEAM organised a collaborative outreach programme to educate and enlighten schooling teens about their rights under the Constitution. In light of the success of this outreach, UM CONSTI TEAM wishes to partake in more collaborative outreach to help people of our nation to know their rights under the Constitution.

 

A huge gratitude to Mr. Louis Liaw for spending this time to share his thoughts and visions with students of SMK Seri Pantai and we are utmostly grateful to SMK Seri Pantai for giving us the platform to share our visions on the Constitution.

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Palace of Justice Trip

On 12 November 2019, UM Consti Team successfully organised an educational trip with a total of 36 participants. This inspiring trip provided our participants with a peek of the real legal world. Therefore, we would like to express our greatest gratitude to Badan Kehakiman Malaysia & The Malaysian Judiciary for having us.

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2018/2019

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Constitution Carnival

“The rule of law is not a law but a system of values. It cannot thrive if those in power and those subject to the power of the state lack knowledge of and loyalty to basic values of the rule of law. The education system must promote constitutional literacy and respect for the rights of others.” - Prof Shad Saleem Faruqi

 

In conjunction with the UM Consti Team’s effort in promoting the dissemination of constitutional knowledge to the general public, we held the 2019 CONSTITUTIONAL CARNIVAL to inculcate the culture of wisdom gathering on the 23rd of March 2019.

 

There were back-to-back activities held which included a townhall session with YB Datuk Liew Vui Keong and two forum sessions on SOCIAL CONTRACT and YOUTH EMPOWERMENT.

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Public Speaking Competition

The UM Consti Team organised our annual PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION for the year 2018. This theme of the competition was "LEGISLATION OF NEW MALAYSIA: A REALISTIC OR MYTHICAL ASPIRATION?"

 

Cash prizes was awarded to the top 3 speakers as well ranging from RM 300 to RM 100, depending on where they ranked.

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Carnival Inclusion 2018

The Carnival Inclusion was a great success! 

 

With this program, we were able to celebrate the International Day of Person with Disabilities while also promoting public awareness on the matter. 

 

The smiles that were carved and the hearts that were touched brought more meaning than a billion dollars could give. Thank you to all those who were involved!

 

“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others” - Alek Wek

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The UM Consti Team organised an educational trip to the Parliament on the 18th of October 2018, from 11.00 am - 1.00 pm. It was open to all students from UM Faculty of Law. Participants were briefed on the parliamentary process and etiquette and was given a comprehensive tour of the palace. Some were fortunate to snap a quick picture with the MPs! 

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2017/2018

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The 2018 Constitutional Day was filled with a star-studded discussion. Among the activities held were the unprecedented journey back in time in which the landmark decision of Loh Kooi Choon v Government of Malaysia (1977) 2 MLJ 187 was revisited. Travelling back in time to 1977, the appellants and respondents of today submits of the doctrine of basic structure in front of a bench of formidable judges. With today's legal position in mind, will the decided decision still hold water, or will it crumble upon the weight of today's standing of the law? Particapants were able to witness the grand battle between our estmeeded advocates, Mr Lim Wei Jiet (for the Appellant) and  Mr Vince Tan(for the Respondent). The Coram were Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, Dato' Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus and Puan Hendon Binti Haji Mohamed respectively.

There was also the quick morning conversation (A Reflection of the Eighth Article: Equality) pertaining to the indisputably utopic solution to any successful community: equality. Enshrined in Article 8 of the Federal Constitution is this guarantee of equality under the law towards all citizens - but is this guarantee upheld in Malaysia today, especially towards marginalised communities? Our line of speaker had managed to dissect this issue amicably. 

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Public Speaking Competition

'Tons of ideas but nowhere to speak?' 

 

UMCT proudly organised their very first Public Speaking Competition themed 'Moderation: An Accelerator to our Nation's Progress' on 15th April 2018, Sunday, at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya.

 

The competition comprised of 3 rounds - preliminaries, semi-finals, and finals. The topic for preliminaries is 'Moderation is the key' in which participants were required to speak on for 7 to 10 minutes. 9 out of the 45 participants were selected to advance to the semi finals. Lastly, only 5 were granted the grand honour to compete in the finals for the top 3 prizes - RM300, RM200 and RM100. 

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Fund-Raising Event

We had joined our sponsor in its fund-raising event held at Tadika Diyana as helpers. The objective of this event was to raise fund for two NGOs, Agape Outreach to the Blind and Parents Without Partners, that seek to reach out to visually impaired persons and single parents living in poverty respectively. 

 

Through the event, we could see that there is a lot more that we can do to help this often-neglected and marginalised group of unprivileged people who are trying hard to make ends meet. These people must be equally treated and protected under our laws, which we think are currently still lacking behind in that aspect.

 

The event was a huge success. Uncountable members of the public came to support, from whom we felt the warmth of the society. We are glad that we were given this opportunity to contribute our efforts to these NGOs and the society.

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Academic Visit to the Federal Court

The UM Consti Team had its first visit to the Palace of Justice. It was indeed a meaningful and insightful trip. Besides touring the Judicial Museum and the Palace's Library, we also managed to sit in two proceedings in both Court of Appeal and Federal Court, observing counsels submitting before the bench. A sincere thank you to Badan Kehakiman Malaysia, The Malaysian Judiciary and its two PKMKP officers who guided us in the tour.

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Voter Registration Awareness Campaign

The Voter Registration Awareness Campaign was held within the campus area nearing the time of the elections! Members of UMCT roamed around Universiti Malaya in which they approached members of the public to encourage them to register themselves to vote for the upcoming elections. The members had also organised a mini briefing session on the process of voter registration to ease any queries that the public may have. was a great success and we hope everyone benefited from the campaign. 

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2016/2017

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Constitutional Law Lecture Series: "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 at the Tun Suffian Auditorium, Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya.. In this lecture, the renowned former Court of Appeal Judge, Dato' Seri Hishamudin talked the topic of the "Protection of Marginalised Minorities under the Constitution". 

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Constitutional Law Lecture Series: 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 estemeed speaker, Dato' Dr. Gurdial Singh Nijhar on the 4th lecture under UM Consti Team's Constitutional Law Lecture Series. on the 25th of May 2017.

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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.

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Constitutional Law Lecture Series: 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. It was conducted on the 20th of April 2017, 5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. at Auditorium Tun Mohamed Suffian, Faculty of Law. Prof Shad dissected Article 11 of the Federal Constitutional and had brought in interesting perspectives from the international arena.

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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!

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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.

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Constitutional Law Lecture Series: 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 UM Consti Team's 2nd Puclic Lecture: 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. 

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

 

Human 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. 

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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.

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Constitutional Law Lecture Series

This was the first lecture under our Constitutional Lecture Series. Our speaker thoroughly explained about the rights enshrined in our Federal Constitution as well as the need to comprehend the importance of such rights. 

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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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