Mat Sabu: Rat­i­fy­ing ICERD re­quires change to Con­sti­tu­tion

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KOTA BARU: A daunt­ing task awaits if Malaysia rat­i­fies the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion on the Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion (ICERD).

Parti Amanah Ne­gara (Amanah) pres­i­dent Mo­hamad Sabu said an amend­ment to the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion was re­quired if the coun­try de­cided to pro­ceed with ICERD rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

Mo­hamad, who is de­fence min­is­ter, said mat­ters in­volv­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a new pol­icy must first go through amend­ment to the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, which re­quires votes from twothirds of the 222 mem­bers of par­lia­ment.

Taking into con­sid­er­a­tion this process, he as­sured Malays that their priv­i­leges and the sta­tus of Islam in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion would not be un­der­mined or eas­ily amended.

“We re­spect the de­ci­sion by the United Na­tions on ICERD’s rat­i­fi­ca­tion, but for Malaysia to rat­ify the hu­man rights con­ven­tion, we need to go through the process of amend­ing the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

“To me, the mat­ter has been ex­ploited (by cer­tain quar­ters) for pol­i­tics,” he said af­ter launch­ing the state-level Amanah con­ven­tion here yes­ter­day.

Present were Amanah vi­cepres­i­dent Datuk Husam Musa and state party chair­man Wan Rahim Wan Ab­dul­lah.

Mo­hamad said the party’s mem­ber­ship, es­pe­cially in Ke­lan­tan, had in­creased since Pakatan Hara­pan’s vic­tory in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion, adding that there were 8,000 new mem­bers in the past four months.

“This can be seen as a mo­ti­va­tor to other states (to in­crease their mem­ber­ship).

“The main fac­tor be­hind the in­crease in the party’s mem­ber­ship is Amanah’s po­lit­i­cal stand­ing.

“We work with other po­lit­i­cal par­ties, which com­prise mem­bers of other races and back­ground, to form and gov­ern the fed­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he said.

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