50 Years of Malaysia. Federalism Revisited by Dr. Andrew J Harding, Dr. James Chin

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By Dr. Andrew J Harding, Dr. James Chin

On sixteen September 1963 Malaysia got here into being with the accession of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore to the present Federation of Malaya. This e-book marks the fiftieth anniversary of this outstanding occasion in South East Asia's heritage. the focal point of the booklet might be usually at the adventure of Sabah and Sarawak as topics of the federation. It appears on the event of federalism from a couple of various views, retaining in brain not only the consequences of federalism on Sabah and Sarawak but additionally the results at the federation as a complete. Has the discount of 1963 been adhered to? Has Malaysian federalism been a winning instance of this kind of presidency in Asia, or has the cut price been undermined in methods opposite to the unique deal within the Malaysia contract of 1963? What were the sensible results on East Malaysia in the course of 50 years?

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5 FISCAL FEDERALISM Desiring to create a strong central government with limited powers for the states, the Reid Commission placed financial matters firmly in federal hands. The idea was to enable the states to draw on federal resources while exploiting the possibilities for maximising their own revenue. An important example is taxation of income, where they refused on grounds of efficiency to give powers to the states, as a result of which there is an imbalance between federal and state finances.

Malaysia – Politics and government – History. I. Harding, Andrew, 1950-, editor. II. Chin, Ung-Ho, 1967-, editor. 4595 — dc23 OCN883822061 Printed in Malaysia by Vivar Printing Sdn. Bhd. L. Tan) Federal-East Malaysia Relations: Primus-Inter-Pares? (by James Chin) Protection of the Indigenous Peoples of Sabah and Sarawak under Malaysia’s Federal System (by Andrew Harding) Confusion, Coercion and Compromise in Malaysian Federalism (by Khairil Azmin Mokhtar) Fifty Years of Water Resources Management i n Malaysian Federalism: A Way Forward (by Rasyikah Md Khalid, Faridah Jalil and Mazlin Bin Mokhtar) INDEX CONTRIBUTORS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This book started off as a one-day workshop, Fifty years of Malaysia: Federalism Revisited, hosted by the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, on 27 September, 2013.

In practice, the federal government’s share was often divided with foreign oil companies such as Shell who signed joint-production ventures with Petronas after the Act came into force. Many of the oil- and gas-producing Malaysian states are unhappy with the low royalty. Kelantan is challenging the low royalty in court. In recent times the issue of another key natural resource, water, has caused friction between Putrajaya and the states. In Malaysia, legislative powers over water-related subjects can be found in all three legislative lists; the Federal List, the State List and the Concurrent List.

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