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Should Constitutional Principles be Eternal?

Parliament House, Singapore

Parliament House, Singapore. (By Smuconlaw, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via the Wikimedia Commons.) Are there constitutional principles that are eternal, or should Parliament be able to amend all parts of the Constitution?

Jaclyn L Neo
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

IS THERE ANY part of the current constitutional order that can never be changed? More specifically, can an institution entrenched in the Constitution be eternal and unalterable under any condition?

These are questions raised in the article by senior law correspondent K. C. Vijayan (“Ending elected presidency may not work“; Sept 11).

Mr Vijayan cites a Law Gazette article arguing that the basic structure doctrine has been recognised in Singapore. Continue reading