Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Not Southeast Asia-related per se, but here's an interesting article in The New Republic about how some Latin American constitutions have become extremely malleable and easy to amend. This situation is somewhat similar to Malaysia before the 2008 elections (when UMNO lost its supermajority). UMNO had rammed through frequent constitutional amendments (according to some estimates, over 42 packages totaling over 650 individual amendments). While flexibility is not totally undesirable (and might be linked to the endurance of constitutions), it does raise the question of whether a "wiki-constitution" is sufficiently entrenched to even be considered something separate and above normal legislation.