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Monday, October 29, 2007

No need for graduate status to be PM

(The Star, 29/10/2007) DO you know that one technically does not need to have any academic qualification to be the Prime Minister of Malaysia?

I refer to the reports Want to be an exco member? Get a degree first (Sunday Star, Oct 21) and Graduate leaders can make a difference (The Star, Oct 22).

In our newfound quest to create scholarly adroit leaders, perhaps it is wise to step back to discern a few basics.

Article 47 of the Federal Constitution, provides that for one to qualify as a Member of Parliament, that person must not be less than 21 years old. Now, this means that there are no academic qualifications imposed on anyone wanting to be an MP.

Then, Article 43 (2) (a) provides that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall appoint as Prime Minister who in his judgement is likely to command the confidence of the majority.

Therefore, we have a Constitution that allows a well-favoured MP without erudition to qualify to be appointed as the PM.

Perhaps, to take a lead to create intellectual graduate leaders of the future, we should consider amending our supreme law to get things rolling.

We can draw inspiration from the Federal Constitution of our neighbouring Thailand; which provides that a Minister must graduate with not lower than a Bachelor's degree or it’s equivalent (Section 206 of the Thai Constitution).


Subang Jaya, Selangor.


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