ICERD, Rome Statute were Saifuddin’s idea, says DAP lawmaker

Chan Kok Leong

DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke says the ratification of ICERD and the Rome Statue was championed by the then foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, April 13, 2021.

THE proposed ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and Rome Statue was Saifuddin Abdullah’s ideas, said Anthony Loke.

“These issues were not DAP’s, although it was in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto or Buku Harapan,” said the former transport minister during a Facebook live interview with Majlis Professor Negara (MPN) today.

“It was championed by Saifuddin, who was the foreign minister. But the issues were not brought up to the cabinet to be discussed.”

Loke said he was unaware that the treaties were to be ratified or its implications, until former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad attended the United Nations general assembly in 2018.

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