Malaysia will not ratify ICERD for now, says minister

Kamles Kumar

Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali (in blue shirt)says economic policies introduced by PKR are not based on creed but on need. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, November 18, 2018.

PUTRAJAYA is in no hurry to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), said Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said Pakatan Harapan had already effected the main elements of the pact when it took power in May.

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  • The Malays....their insecurities and the need for privileges. They'll never progress nor succeed. Their only chance of success is probably corruption. Pemalas!

    Posted 2 years ago by Mo Salleh

  • Does that mean we have no moral standing for the time being to criticise Myanmar, China and Israel for their human rights violations?

    Posted 2 years ago by Philip Ting

  • Yes....Minister Waytha......don't upset the New Government.....we MALAYSIANS have our own way of doing things....the First & Foremost is to heal the Economy of the Country destroyed by BN UMNO....

    Posted 2 years ago by Hantoo Blacklord

  • There is nothing in ICERD that is inconsistent with Articles 3, 89, 152, 153 and 181 of the Federal Constitution. Those opposing it should go and read the text first. We are the only Muslim majority country not to sign and ratify the ICERD. Since the problem is one of perception instigated by UMNO and PAS, the government should engage with all relevant stakeholders including legal experts from home and abroad before deciding on signing and ratifying ICERD. In the interim, the government should introduce bills in Parliament to deal with race relations, gender discrimination and equal opportunities. These new laws can incorporate the provisions in ICERD.

    Posted 2 years ago by Gerard Lourdesamy