Three methods of selecting the Executive are as follow:
i) Hereditary Principle. This principle often refers to a monarch or Nominal Executive. This method is applied to executive who is chosen customary, traditional or by inheritance of throne in a royal family. For example the Sultan of 9 states in
ii) Nominated Executive. The executive is appointed or nominated to hold the position in the government. For example, the 44 members in the Senate (Dewan Negara) of
Malaysia are appointed by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of on the advice of the Prime Minister. Malaysia
iii) Elected by the Legislature. The executive was chosen by the Legislature, who is thought to be best qualified in making decision and judgment in selecting and appointing the best candidates to become the Head of Government, rather than the ordinary voting system, in which the people might make wrong choices as they are believed to be influenced by certain political parties or candidates. This method is often applied in a Parliamentary Government. For example, the Prime Minister of Malaysia is elected by the Legislature among the member of the House to become the Head of Government. The Prime Minister is also the head of his political party.