Govt will not ratify ICERD
by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN/ TMR PIX

The government has decided not to ratify the controversial International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

The government’s decision not to ratify ICERD came amid threats of anti-ICERD rally planned by various quarters, including UMNO and Parti Islam Semalaysia (PAS).

Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement today that the government will not endorse ICERD and will continue to uphold the Federal Constitution which contains a social contract that has been agreed upon by all races during the formation of Malaysia.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had previously said that the ICRED was not in line with Article 153 of the Constitution which specifies indigenous rights and privileges of the Bumiputera.

“ICERD promotes freedom and less discrimination. Article 153 gives some privileges to indigenous people, which means some may interpret it as being discriminatory. If we tried to abolish these privileges, it will go against Article 153.

“Article 153 cannot be amended as long as there is no two-thirds majority,” said Dr Mahathir.