A Reappraisal on the Constitutional Functions of the Crown, the Parliament and the Judiciary to Defend Malaysian Constitutionalism


  • Abdul Mu’iz Abdul Razak
  • Wan Noorzaleha Wan Hasan




Constitutionalism, Constitutional Monarchy, Executive Authority, Parliament, Judiciary


This article aims to delve into the reality of Malaysian constitutionalism, from the perspectives of the institution of the Crown in Malaysia, inclusive of His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Their Royal Highnesses the Malay Rulers, the roles and functions of Parliament and the Judiciary. A doctrinal analysis is employed to ascertain the plethora of functions and powers of the Rulers, specifically on the executive authority of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and His Majesty’s roles in Parliament during times of emergency. The paper proceeded to discuss the Malaysian experience of the underlying principles of constitutionalism. Judicial cases, recent constitutional issues and events, actions by the Crown will be analysed and responded from the perspective of constitutionalism. This article concludes by reiterating the Crown, Parliament and the Judiciary as important institutions which uphold the core features of the constitution and endorse the values and characteristics of constitutionalism.


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Author Biographies

Abdul Mu’iz Abdul Razak

Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Wan Noorzaleha Wan Hasan

Research Officer at the Parliament of Malaysia


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