TTF: There are many reasons why the DAP triggered the ICERD polemics.
One of these reasons has to do with the existence of Bangsa Melayu-Islam in Malaysia and how it impinges on several articles within the said international race-discrimination-prevention convention (READ HERE TO FIND OUT HOW).
But that isn’t the only reason the DAP is provoking Muslims.
The party’s de facto chief, Lim Kit Siang, is well aware of efforts by the Mahathirist camp to forge a Muslim majority alliance with Members of Parliament (MPs) from PKR, DAP (Muslims), UMNO, PAS, AMANAH, PPBM, Sabah and Sarawak.
The senior Lim knows that Mahathir has succeeded in commanding the support of 150 or so MPs and is planning to establish a new Muslim-majority coalition without the DAP in the picture.
As a matter of fact, it is Syed Saddiq – not me – who told an Election Commission meeting he himself chaired that Mahathir commanded the support of more than 148 MPs and is capacitated to amend the Federal Constitution of Malaysia any way he sees fit (READ FUL STORY HERE).
It follows, that ICERD is also an attempt by the DAP to turn Dato’ Seri Haji Abdul Hadi Awang against Mahathir to prevent the birth of the said Muslim-majority coalition.
Basically, the DAP is attempting to kill many birds with just one stone, including the bird Mahathir conveniently cradled within the Federal Constitution of Malaysia back in 1988 – Article 121(1A).
All said, Gagasan Tiga (G3) is closely watching each and every of the DAP’s moves and will spring into action the minute it becomes apparent that the party is using ICERD to do away with the Islamic Syariah (READ HERE TO FIND OUT HOW).
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says it will be almost impossible to implement international convention on racial discrimination.
The Prime Minister said the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) involves amending the Federal Constitution.
To do that, it would need a two-thirds majority from Parliament, Dr Mahathir told Malaysian media after concluding his two-day Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation sojourn here on Sunday.
This was almost impossible given the current number of Members of Parliament from the government as well reaction from both the opposition and government members over the matter, he added.
Senior officials of Pakatan Harapan component parties such as Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman were reportedly against ICERD if constitutional rights and national harmony were affected.
Top leaders from PAS and Umno, meanwhile, reportedly agreed to hold a joint rally on December 8 to protest plans to ratify it.
Last night, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi warned Putrajaya the Malay-Muslim community would run “amuk” to protest the government’s pledge to ratify ICERD.
In response, Dr Mahathir assured the public that no chaos would erupt, unless instigated by the Umno president.
“Unless Zahid stirs up trouble, there will be no riot over ICERD,” he stressed.
Dr Mahathir said ICERD was sensitive to the Malays.
“We can discuss about the matter because we are not rejecting the views of the people.
“In my speech at the United Nations (general assembly in September), I mentioned about the complexity of ICERD but we didn’t commit about implementing it, whether fully or partially.”
Malaysia is among a handful of countries that have neither signed nor ratified the treaty.
The treaty provides individuals worldwide with a mechanism for complaints over issues of racial discrimination, among others, and is enforceable against member states.
Several groups said ratifying ICERD would undermine the special position of the Malays, including provisions to allow quotas in public institutions.
Source: NST Online