Rukun negara as constitution’s preamble: an overview

Nur Amani, Pauzai and Noor ‘Ashikin, Hamid and Ahmad Zafry, Mohamad Tahir (2019) Rukun negara as constitution’s preamble: an overview. In: International Conference on Law and Globalisation (ICLG) 2019, 28-29 July 2019, UniSZA.

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Rukun Negara is the Malaysian declaration of national philosophy where it was drafted between 1970 and 1971 by National Consultative Council and had been launched on 31 August 1970 by the Yang diPertuan Agong at that time. The aims are to realise Malaysia’s ambitions towards enhancing unity among the people; safeguarding the spirit of democracy; establishing a just society; maintaining a liberal approach in addressing diversity; and creating a progressive and technologically advanced society. In fulfilling the above ideals, the Rukun Negara underlines five core principles: Belief in God; Loyalty to the King and Country; Supremacy of the Constitution; Rule of Law; and Good Behaviour and Morality. The issue to be discussed in this paper is whether the inclusion of five core principles Rukun Negara as Federal Constitution’s preamble will strengthen and given greater effect to Rukun Negara as it will have the status of law and consequently undermine the constitutional supremacy. The methodology used in this paper was qualitative and content legal analysis method. It is clear that Federal Constitution is already complete and comprehensive. Though there are some vagueness left in the Constitution itself, it still is open for interpretations without the need of including Rukun Negara as a preamble

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: constitution, five principles, Rukun Negara, preamble
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law & International Relations
Depositing User: Muhammad Akmal Azhar
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 07:28
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 07:28

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