What of Malaysia’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council?


Kenneth Cheng Chee Kin

Malaysia is still far away from abolishing repressive laws such as the Sedition Act 1948 while our neighbours Singapore has once again trumped us by repealing this colonial legislation two weeks ago, the writer says. – AFP pic, October 17, 2021.

LET’S get a few things straight. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob was obviously milking the membership of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by saying the recognition is due to Malaysia’s human rights record.

Also, calling the election a great achievement is a bit of a stretch when it comprises five Asia-Pacific states – Malaysia being one of them – vying for five vacant seats.


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