Malaysia will not ratify ICERD

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A street protest was held in front of the Sogo Shopping Complex in Kuala Lumpur as an objection to the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). FILE PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / Malaysia Gazette / 04 NOVEMBER 2018
A street protest was held in front of the Sogo Shopping Complex in Kuala Lumpur as an objection to the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). FILE PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / Malaysia Gazette / 04 NOVEMBER 2018

KUALA LUMPUR – The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

“The government will continue to defend the Federal Constitution which contained the social contract that has agreed by all races during the formation of the country,” the Prime Minister’s Department said in a statement today.

The ICERD is a United Nations convention which commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races.

The proposal to ratify the ICERD has become controversial and created racial tensions especially among the Malays as they feared it would touch the position of Islam and special rights of the Malays and the bumiputra in the country. – MalaysiaGazette

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