Monday, May 12, 2008

Monarchy & freedom of speech in legislatures

Despite my criticisms against Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh for his obvious lack of organisational discipline as well as art of diplomatic communication, it is also to my knowledge that, under our system of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, the elected representatives of the people, whether Members of Parliament (MP) or State Assemblymen, still enjoy the rights and privileges to speak up freely in the legislatures during debates on the Royal Address as a Government's policy, provided that the King of Malaysia and Sultans of various States are personally addressed with respect, decorum and etiquette as defined under the jurisdiction of the Standing Order, or as ariticulated in established parliamentary conventions and norms. The system of monarchy in Malaysia is constitutional, not absolutist.

Standard references for parliamentary affairs


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