7 Things About Our Constitution
Constitution is simplest form of legal document and no one is above it. We are Malaysian because the constitution says so. We have a prime minister because that is what constitution says. It sets out our democratic system and our judiciary.The only way to amend our constitution is with the two third majority vote from our members of Parliament.
1. Limits power of government
If you are a Christian, you are allowed to practice your faith in peace and harmony because the constitution allows other religion to be practiced. At the same time it recognizes Islam as the official religion of Federation. Thus,the government can’t simply come up with a law tomorrow, stating that Christians aren’t allowed to practice without amending the constitution.
2. Sets out our right
You can balik kampung every festive holiday driving from one state to another because the constitution guarantees freedom of movement. You get salary every month from your work because the constitution says no to slavery and forced labour. The constitution sets out our fundamental rights and liberties.
3. Sets out our democratic system
It sets out that our Head of Federation is Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who is elected by the Conference of Rulers. It limits his term for five years. It establishes the state government and federal government. It gives each state their own State Legislative Assembly to make laws and also their own constitution. Meanwhile,our federal government cabinet and office of Prime Minister also comes under constitution
4. Supreme law of the land
It’s supreme law of the land and our constitution determines who can make laws. Even the prime minister is bound by it. It also limits what kind of law can be made.It also, guarantees special powers to Sabah and Sarawak. The way you live your life is determined by the constitution. Our statutes are bound by constitution. It is possible for a statute to be null and void because it goes against constitution.
5. We can vote because of the constitution
One of the fundamental rights every citizen should exercise is their right to vote. This right exists because the constitution says so. Thus, you can vote for every state and federal election without fear. The Election Commission, which must enjoys the public confidence, will be in charge of conducting all election and providing list of voters. So, don’t forget to vote.
6. Constitution allows you to be Malaysian
For you to be a Malaysian citizen, the constitution states out certain conditions. One of the condition is that you are born in Malaysia. Malaysian constitution also doesn't allow you to hold dual citizenship. You are automatically no longer a Malaysian citizen the moment you are granted citizenship from other country.
7. It gives out special rights
The indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak with Malays are guaranteed special rights under the constitution. Meanwhile, Yang di-Pertuan Agong has special responsibility of safeguarding their special position. Besides, it states that anyone who does not belong to Sabah and Sarawak must have special pass to enter Sabah or Sarawak.