Rule of law is more than executive not interfering with courts


NARIMAH Faizal’s letter, Rule of law upheld under Perikatan, is an intriguing read.

The term “rule of law” is not one that admits a fixed or precise definition.

Yet, regardless of the definition, it is more than the executive not interfering with the courts.

American jurists explain rule of law as a principle under which all persons, institutions, and entities are accountable to laws that are:

  • Publicly promulgated
  • Equally enforced
  • Independently adjudicated
  • Consistent with international human rights principles.

Thus, there is more to the principle than the executive not interfering with the courts.

Perhaps Narimah would like to check the boxes again. – February 22, 2021.

* Hafiz Hassan reads The Malaysian Insight.

* This is the opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insight.


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