Inspirations from Raja Aziz Addruse: Morality and the Rule of Law’ was a lecture by Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz delivered at the 3rd Raja Aziz Addruse Memorial Lecture, a lecture series organized by the Malaysian Bar Council. In this lecture, Tunku ‘Abidin relays a personal account of Raja Aziz Addruse, a prominent and influential advocate who helped shaped Malaysia’s legal framework and justice system. The lecture recounts Raja Aziz’s unwavering efforts to protect the values and virtues of the Malaysian Constitution, including the fundamental rights of individuals. It reminds the audience of Raja Aziz’s stance of the prevalence of the constitution over parliament, and his many contributions in scrutinising topical issues through his convictions on safeguarding democracy and the realisation of a better Malaysia. Whilst stressing on current issues with the abuse of powers by institutions, and the lack of emphasis on the rule of law and morality, Tunku ‘Abidin ends the lecture noting that a contestation still exists between those who advocate the basic structure doctrine and those who advocate parliamentary supremacy, and that we may draw inspiration from Raja Aziz’s legacy in confronting the difficult questions of our current afflictions.
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