Remember the Council of Elders that was established by the Prime Minister not long ago?
The function of this special council was entailed in the Prime Minister’s speech on the 12th May:
“This council will help the government shape policies and programmes in order to fulfill PH’s 100-day-promise to the rakyat.”
However, things just got a lot interesting when the Council announced to form a committee on Institutional Reforms!
JUST IN: @Ambiga_S , retired judges KC Vohrah and Mah Weng Kwai, Mohamed Arshad Raja from the National Patriots Association, and Emeritus Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi are now part of an Institutional Reforms committee. pic.twitter.com/P4UM9wlTYW
— Sumisha Naidu (@SumishaCNA) 15 May 2018
This Committee advises the Council on matters related to institutional reforms which will help to bring the right social and economic change in Malaysia.
Malaysia memang boleh la! A Council within the Council of Elders.
However, there’s more to it. Here’s why those names in the list are a big deal:
1) Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan
A former Bar President and passionate human rights advocate. She’s a strong fighter and an important figure in empowering women in society. She is also the president of the National Human Rights Society (HAKAM).
2) Datuk Mah Keng Wai and Datuk K.C. Vohrah
They are no stranger in the legal industry. For starters, they are both retired Court of Appeal judges and are active in the local arbitration scene. Datuk Mah was also a former Bar President too and founder of Mah Weng Kwai and Associates!
3) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji
As the President of the National Patriot Association, Datuk Mohamed is likely the oldest in the Committee. As a retired Brigadier General, he displays a sense of patriotism to his country.
Although he’s the only person that appears to lack sufficient legal knowledge, you can never judge a book by its cover. As they say, with age comes experience.
4) Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi
A Professor of Law at the Universiti of Malaya, he specializes in constitutional law. Why is this so important?
The Constitution is a set of rules on what a government can and cannot do. That knowledge is important for executing proper economic and social changes in the country.
If you’re interested to find out more about the Constitution, you can more about it here.