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Hakam regrets unrest created by parties over ICERD ratification

Malaysia is one of only a handful of major countries (in red) that have neither signed nor ratified the ICERD - Graphic: Wikipedia

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Hakam regrets the decision of the Prime Minister’s Office to not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Hakam, however, regrets even more that that this issue has been exploited to generate fear and divisiveness in the country.

Hakam urges the government to ensure that this precautionary stance is only a temporary measure and to continue to engage stakeholders on this issue to dispel the misconceptions on the convention.

Hakam also urges that any further discussions on the convention be conducted in a civil manner without threats and fear-mongering. The government should revisit its decision and reconsider ratification again in the future.

Hakam further regrets the calls for Saifuddin Abdullah to resign in light of these developments. The foreign minister has done an admirable job in advocating for Malaysia to ratify an important international human rights treaty.

Hakam will continue to support the government’s vision of a new Malaysia – in creating a fair and just society where everyone has a place under the Malaysian sun.

Lim Wei Jiet is secretary general of Hakam. He issued this statement on behalf of the Hakam executive committee.

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Perumal Kali
25 Nov 2018 9.36pm

The gomen has made

about turn having realizedthat it is courting dangee

Ahmad Mush'ab
24 Nov 2018 10.39pm

No to icerd, icerd adalah sampah

Stella Perera
24 Nov 2018 10.30pm

I think forget about ICERD for now. Let the UMNO thieves be jailed and then sign ICERD. otherwise najib and Co (may) find ways to instigate violence between the races.

Canaraj Ramamorthy
24 Nov 2018 9.16pm

Is your guys

Sirhan Sirhan
24 Nov 2018 8.56pm

Malaysia is the same side with Burma ???

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