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Uploaded on Mar 6, 2010
Documented historical facts reveal that after Merdeka, the Federal Government has been trying to prevent the States from having too much power by
1. Appointment and not election of Senators 2. Reducing status of the Malay Rulers 3. Setting up of national Councils eg. National Fnance Council, National Land Council and Council of Local Goverment 4. Using UMNO party machinery at Central and State level and with appointment of state party chiefs
A badly designed government can thus lead to bad government and the extent of the powers of the Central government may be seen in the following events like, the recent Perak Constitution Crisis, political crisis of Sarawak in the sixties, Kelantan in the seventies and Sabah in the nineties.
Dr Mavis Puthucheary a researcher, lecturer and writer on Malaysian politics and administration for many years, was speaking at the Forum: Federa-State relations organised by the Bar Council of Malaysia on 1st March 2010 at the Annexe Builiding, Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor, Shah Alam.