Princes and Politicians: The Constitutional Crisis in Malaysia, 1983–4

  • A. J. Stockwell
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series (CAMCOM)


In late July 1983 the government of Datuk Seri Mahathir Mohamad tabled in the Malaysian parliament a bill to amend the constitution. Among its 22 provisions were three curtailing the authority of the King (Yang di-Pertuan Agung) and Their Highnesses the State Rulers. The Barisan National (National Front), a coalition dominated by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), had no difficulty securing the necessary two-thirds majority. Although the public were not made aware of the issue at the time, it became a cause célèbre because the Yang di-Pertuan Agung, backed by the rulers, withheld his assent.


Prime Minister Eastern Economic Review Chief Minister United Malay National Organisation Popular Politics 
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