GEG Will Impact Fundamental Rights of Consumers

The highest law in Malaysia is the Federal Constitution, which recognizes the fundamental rights of all Malaysians. If we do not focus on this matter, the validity of the law will be questioned, says R. Paneir Selvam

GEG Will Impact Fundamental Rights of Consumers

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 September 2022 – The Consumer Choice Center (CCC) recently organized an online webinar titled Ending Generation Endgame, Rules of Law and the Constitution.

The aim of this webinar was to examine and evaluate the Federal Constitution’s rule of law regarding the essence of the generation endgame.

According to the representative of the Malaysian Consumer Choice Center, Tarmizi Anuwar, individual freedom for consumers in the Federal Constitution was not given serious attention in the implementation of this generation endgame.

“Very little was discussed about fundamental rights or individual freedom in this matter. Until recently, Tun Zaki, the former Chief Justice, also touched on the issue of individual freedom in his statement. We can have many laws enacted, but what is more important is whether the law aims to achieve the goal of justice and equality", he said.

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FPMPAM further opined that general practitioners are key stakeholders that must be engaged when drafting the policy

The main panel for this webinar was R. Paneir Selvam, the principal consultant for the think tank Arunachala Research & Consultancy Sdn. Bhd. (ARRESCON).

In the discussion, Paneir said that the validity of the law could be questioned if the drafting of the law does not take into account the basic rights of consumers.

GEG and Fundamental Rights

"The highest law in Malaysia is the Federal Constitution, which recognizes the fundamental rights of all Malaysians. If we do not focus on this matter, the validity of the law will be questioned", he said.

"If we allow the right of consumers to choose to be controlled by the state, it is not impossible that the way we cut our hair and wear it will also be controlled in the future. This is a dangerous precedent and a wrong move by the government.”

According to Paneir, the law enacted must uphold the principle of equality and consumer rights must be prioritized.

"The law must be fair for all generations and every group of society. The law cannot only give one advantage to one generation and deprive it of another.”

"This bill needs to be postponed and discussed again with stakeholders, especially consumers. Consumers need to be given the right to choose and that right cannot be taken away by the government in any way.”

"If the government wants to enact any policy in the future, fundamental freedoms in the Federal Constitution need to be given an important emphasis and they must be obliged according to the rules of law to guide the legislators."

In addition, he also opined that the government should change to a more effective strategy in an effort to reduce the number of smokers in Malaysia by educating the public instead of making it a crime.

The full recording of the webinar can be viewed on the Facebook page of the Consumer Choice Center at here.

***CCC Malaysia Associate Tarmizi bin Anuwar is available to speak on consumer regulations and consumer choice issues. Please send media inquiries to tarmizi@consumerchoicecenter.org.***

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