Elections and the constitution


Josh Hong

Malaysia practises the Westminster parliamentary system that seeks consensus rather than a clear winner in an election, which is why it requires that one must secure at least half of the parliamentary seats and not the votes to form a government. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, November 28, 2022.

NOW that Anwar Ibrahim has finally been installed as the prime minister, it is time for us to take stock of the political drama over the past 10 days and its constitutional implications.

Malaysia practises the Westminster parliamentary system that seeks consensus rather than a clear winner in an election, which is why it requires that one must secure at least half of the parliamentary seats and not the votes to form a government.


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