A lecture entitled “Eastminster - Constitution - Making in Malaysia and Commonwealth Asia Following Independence” was held on 11 November 2017 (Saturday) at the Conference Hall, Palace of Justice, Putrajaya. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Harshan Kumarasingham, a historian, politic and constitutional expert. He is a Lecturer in British politics at the University of Edinburgh and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. This talk broadly examined the history of constitution making in Malaysia following independence. The speaker also explored the comparison between the concept of Eastminster and Westminister in the constitution making and its consequences to all of Asia.
A total of 70 participants comprising 8 Federal Court Judges, 20 Court of Appeal Judges, 27 High Court Judges, 12 Judicial Commissioners and 2 Judicial Officers attended the lecture. The Right Honourable Tan Sri Datuk Wira Ahmad bin Haji Maarop, Chief Judge of the High Court in Malaya and The Honourable Tan Sri Azahar bin Mohamed, Federal Court Judge as the Chairman of the Training Committee of the Judicial Academy were also present. The implementation of this program received positive feedback from all participants.